Trade Secrets Theft Not ‘Protected Activity:’ Court

Law360, New York (April 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- HBW Insurance & Financial Services Inc. must face claims that its employees stole trade secrets and used confidential information in a bid to swipe associates and clients from World Financial Group Inc. because their actions don’t classify as “protected activity,” a California appeals court has ruled.

In a ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed a trial court's denial of a motion by HBW and six of its employees to strike the complaint after finding they...
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