Litigation arising from a business sale or the end of an executive employment relationship often focuses on claims and defenses related to contractual or severance terms on trade secrets, non-solicitation or non-competition. Sometimes questions also arise as to the ownership of intellectual property such as software, service marks or copyrights.
At Callahan & Blaine, a seasoned Orange County trade secret lawyer can develop and execute a comprehensive litigation strategy that covers the full range of the issues that may develop from the purchase of a company or the departure of a key employee. Contact us to learn how our approach to trade secrets and non-competition litigation can make the decisive difference in your case.
In our experience, claims for violation of noncompete covenants and trade secret clauses often arise as counterclaims when a business purchaser or former employer is sued for breach of sale or severance terms. Sometimes the action begins with a claim for damages related to a non-competition agreement, and the broader contract issues are raised by the defendant.
While some litigation over these issues reflects a genuine threat to the value of a company’s acquisition of a business division, customer list or proprietary processes, other trade secrets claims represent weak claims intended primarily to scare an adversary – often a former colleague or employee – into backing away from substantial contract or business tort allegations.
Either way, the Orange County business lawyers of Callahan & Blaine know how to analyze, litigate, and resolve business disputes that involve trade secrets or non-competition claims. In most situations, especially when we’re representing an individual alleged to have violated noncompete or data confidentiality terms, we can help you find insurance coverage to support your defense while pursuing your own affirmative claims.
Our investigation of trade secrets and severance claims will take us wherever the evidence leads us. In some cases, that can include complex federal antitrust or California unfair business practices claims that can dwarf the amount at stake in the original litigation.
Learn more about our creative approach to trade secrets litigation in Orange County and Southern California. Contact an Orange County trade secret attorney at the AV-rated* law firm of Callahan & Blaine in Santa Ana.
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