How Employers Can Use CFAA To Get Back Laptops

Law360, New York (April 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Employers looking to protect their intellectual property and proprietary information, and wondering whether they can punish the departing employees that simply ignore demands to return the laptops and other transportable electronic devices that hold such property and data, may now have a newly invigorated weapon at their disposal — the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”).

That is because a recent federal district court case, Lasco Foods Inc. v. Hall and Shaw Sales, Marketing & Consulting LLC, --- F.Supp.2d , 2009 WL 151687 (E.D.Mo., 2009),...
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