Tennessee Federal Court Bars Misuse of Employer’s Trade Secrets

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An East Tennessee federal district court recently issued a preliminary injunction barring a person from using information he stole from his former employer to further his competing business.

Background

Misappropriation of trade secrets claims often turn on whether the information taken is truly a “trade secret.” In making the determination, courts consider a number of factors, including the extent to which it’s public knowledge, measures taken to preserve its secrecy, the value to its owner and competitors, resources expended in developing the information, and the ease for someone else to acquire it.

Employers often ask courts for a

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