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On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of one of 2017’s more significant Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) opinions, Syed v. M-I, LLC. (9th Cir. Jan. 20, 2017).  In Syed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a background check disclosure which included a liability waiver violated the FCRA. This case was significant because the Ninth Circuit is the first federal appeals court to definitively state that…
An employer had no cause of action under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) against an employee who accessed its computer systems to misappropriate confidential and proprietary business information to start a competing business, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has held. Cranel Inc. v. Pro Image Consultants Group, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137347 (S. D. Ohio Sept. 29, 2014). The employer alleged that the employee emailed himself certain…
Reconsidering and reversing its own decision, the Ohio Supreme Court now has decided an acquiring company in a merger could enforce employee non-compete agreements as if it had stepped into the shoes of the acquired company despite the absence of clear contract language to that effect.  The Court, on May 24, 2012, in Acordia of Ohio L.L.C. v. Fischel (“Acordia I”), had answered that the agreements could not be enforced by the merged entity post-merger. …
In United States v. Jones, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that FBI agents violated the Fourth Amendment when they attached a Global-Positioning-System (GPS) tracking device to a suspected drug dealer’s Jeep Cherokee and monitored the vehicle’s movements on public streets for 28 days without obtaining a warrant to do so. Justice Scalia wrote the Court’s opinion, with four justices joining the opinion – Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence…