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Narrow View Of CFAA Gets Engineering Co.'s Suit Tossed

Law360, New York (March 11, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT) -- A federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania on Thursday threw out a suit accusing five former Carnegie Strategic Design Engineers LLC workers of jumping ship with $10 million worth of confidential business information, endorsing a “narrow interpretation” of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy granted a motion to dismiss from the former workers, all of whom engineering firm Carnegie said left to work for a competitor, and said the company failed to state a claim under the CFAA, which requires that an alleged violator access a protected computer without authorization or exceed their authorized access to...

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