Judge rules on Independent Contractor’s Trade Secret Claim

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From the Association of Corporate Counsel, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC report a case in which an independent contractor was able to sue the company for whom he formerly worked for trade secrets.  They write:

“Trade secret cases almost always involve the misappropriation of confidential information by an employee (or former employee) or a competitor.  However, a federal judge recently found that an independent contractor can bring a trade secret theft case against the company he formerly worked for in the case of  Stevens v. Interactive Financial Advisors, Inc., in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois….

The court noted that it was a “close question” whether Stevens had adequately alleged trade secret misappropriation, but concluded that he had sufficiently pled it for the purposes of the summary judgment motion…”

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