Farmers Edge Inc. v. Farmobile, LLC

This case arose after Jason Tatge, Heath Gerlock, and Randy Nuss (the individual defendants) left a company called Crop Ventures to co-found Farmobile (the corporate defendant). Farmers Edge (FEI) is Crop Ventures’s successor-in-interest. Both FEI and Farmobile are agriculture technology... Read more →

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Epic Systems Corp. v. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Without permission from Epic Systems, Tata Consultancy Services (“TCS”)1 downloaded, from 2012 to 2014, thousands of documents containing Epic’s confidential information and trade secrets. TCS used some of this information to create a “comparative analysis”—a spreadsheet comparing TCS’s health-record software... Read more →

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Advanced Fluid Systems Inc v. Huber

This sorry story of disloyalty and deception piled upon deception resulted in verdicts against the wrongdoers. They’re not happy about that, but, when the tale is told, it’s clear that the result is entirely justified. In brief summary, Kevin Huber... Read more →

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Global Protein Products, Inc. v. Le

Appellants Kevin K. Le and West Coast AG, LLC (WCA) appeal from the trial court’s denial of their renewed motion to dissolve a stipulated permanent injunction filed pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1008, subdivision (b). The stipulated permanent... Read more →

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MGA Entertainment, Inc. v. Mattel, Inc.

The trial court granted summary judgment on the complaint because it was barred by the statute of limitation. We affirm. Litigation between plaintiff MGA Entertainment, Inc. and defendant Mattel, Inc. began in the federal courts in 2004, with disputes over... Read more →

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Heraeus Medical GMBH v. Esschem Inc

The case before us involves another skirmish in a longrunning, cross-border court battle over the alleged theft of a trade secret: Heraeus Medical GmbH’s recipe for its bone cement. In this appeal, we consider whether Heraeus’ suit against Esschem, Inc.—a... Read more →

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CODA Development SRO v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Plaintiffs-appellants CODA Development s.r.o., CODA Innovations s.r.o. (together, “Coda”), and Frantisek Hrabal (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed a complaint against defendants-appellees The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (“Goodyear”), Robert Benedict, and Robert Losey (collectively, “Defendants”) in the U.S. District Court for the... Read more →

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ABS Global, Inc. v. Inguran, LLC

This case is about the birds and the bees—in particular, about human efforts to control the reproductive outcomes otherwise determined by Mother Nature. Our specific interest is the cattle industry. People have been raising cattle since the early Neolithic Age,... Read more →

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Dunster Live, LLC v. LoneStar Logos Management Co.

This is the first Defend Trade Secrets Act case that has reached our court. 18 U.S.C. § 1836 (effective May 11, 2016). But the appeal does not require us to decide anything about trade secrets. It instead raises a question... Read more →

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Yellowfin Yachts, Inc. v. Barker Boatworks, LLC

Yellowfin Yachts, Inc. is a manufacturer of high-end fishing boats. Since 2000, Yellowfin has produced predominantly “center-consoled, open-fisherman styled boats” ranging between twenty-one and forty-two feet. According to Yellowfin, these boats all have the same “swept” sheer line, meaning a... Read more →

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