• Former county counsel filed government tort claim against county, members of the Board of Supervisors, and County Administrator, alleging breach of purported employment agreement and constructive discharge, stemming from personnel investigation that led to counsel’s eventual resignation. Defendants filed anti-SLAPP motion to strike counsel’s complaint.

  • Former employee brought action against her former employee alleging wrongful termination. Summary judgment in favor of defendant upheld. No cause of action for fraud or breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; no cause of action for privacy based on misappropriation of name. Affirmed on appeal.

  • Computer software company brought action against former employee and customer for alleged misappropriation of trade secret and sought temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. Court denied application for preliminary injunction and awarded attorney’s fees after documents submitted by software company were shown to be forgeries. Affirmed on appeal.

  • Software developer brought action against former employee and former employee’s businesses, alleging that  former employee breached contract to convey computer code and a contract not to compete, misappropriated trade secrets, and committed fraud. Bench trial judgment for defendants affirmed.

  • Plaintiff was fired from employment with a department store for alleged petty theft and embezzlement. When plaintiff appeared on surveillance footage apparently withdrawing money from her register and not returning it, and also not charging a customer for a pair of shoes, the store manager called police, who subsequently cited her. Plaintiff sued for malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment, claiming that the store did not have probable cause to arrest and fire her.

  • Online social gaming company brought suit against its former General Manager for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract. Defendant signed a confidentiality agreement with plaintiff pursuant to his employment, which obligated him to protect plaintiff’s confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. Defendant resigned and went to work for plaintiff’s competitor. On the day of his departure, defendant allegedly transferred confidential files to his personal Dropbox account without consent, which he intended to provide to his new employer. During his exit interview, he refused to sign a Termination Certification that he had complied with his prior contractual obligations.


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