Employees’ Social Media Contacts Considered as Company Trade Secrets? – What Attorneys Need to Know


CLE credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

A discussion regarding the tension between businesses’ increasing reliance on Social Media for generating leads, clients, and contacts, on the one hand, with the need to safeguard that same information, on the other. We will discuss the interplay between trade secrets requirements, social media platforms’ terms and conditions, and protecting customer and contact lists developed through social media. Includes a discussion of trade secret law, cases on these issues, and sample contract terms.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Caselaw regarding the treatment of Social Media Lists as Trade Secrets
•   Best Practices for Companies’ Social Media Policies and Employee Agreements
•   Practice Pointers for In-House Counsel and Business Advisors

Date / Time: April 28, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Travis Anderson, Esq. is a partner in the Labor and Employment and Business Trial Practice Groups in the San Diego (Del Mar) office of Sheppard Mullin.

Travis handles complex business, trade secret and employment disputes. He has litigated numerous high- stakes matters from inception through trial and arbitration for businesses, business owners, employers, executives and retailers.

Employment Practice:
Travis defends employers in civil actions involving various types of employment-related claims, including wrongful termination, whistle-blower actions, discrimination, harassment, pay stub claims, wage and hour claims, PAGA claims and contract actions. He also prosecutes workplace violence restraining orders on behalf of employers and their employees, along with counseling and advising clients on these issues. Travis has served as a reporter on employment discrimination cases for Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin.

Trade Secrets and Employee-Mobility Practice:
Travis prosecutes and defends actions involving trade secret claims, unfair competition and enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-competes. He advises clients on employee-mobility issues and how to protect sensitive and valuable information. Travis is also editor of the firm’s Trade Secrets Law Blog.

Business Trial Practice:
Travis represents clients in a variety of commercial disputes, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, RICO, defamation, unfair competition and corporate deadlock and dissolution proceedings.

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