Monday, June 28, 2010

Traverse Internet Law Federal Court Report: May 2010 Trade Secret Violation Lawsuits

Traverse Internet Law Disclaimer

The facts are unproven allegations of the Plaintiff and all commentary is based upon the allegations, the truthfulness and accuracy of which are likely in dispute.

FILED: 5/18/2010

Websites are property, very similar to an automobile or other personal property. If you are involved with a dispute over the ownership of a website don’t just assume that possession is nine-tenths of the law. Seizing a website in which the ownership is in dispute may help from a business perspective to leverage you into a better position, but it really has little impact on legal rights and ownership of the website.
3BA International is a professional basketball league that was formed in 2007. The individual Defendants were involved with the basketball league in one way or another and are alleged to have conspired to steal and misappropriate confidential and proprietary trade secret information. Defendant LuBahn is alleged to have transferred the basketball league’s website to a new manager, changed all the passwords, and took over the administration of the site.

Plaintiff alleges breach of common law confidentiality obligations, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty/common law duty of loyalty, tortious interference with business relationships, libel and slander, violation of the Lanham Act, conversion, misrepresentation and fraud, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, violation of the Stored Communications Act, and violation of the Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Prayer for relief includes requests for injunctive relief along with actual damages, consequential damages, an award of attorneys’ fees and costs, and such other and further relief the court deems just and proper. Traverse Internet Law Cross-Reference Number 1429.