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Discovery Of Information And Documents From A Litigant's Former Employees: Synergy And Synthesis Of Civil Rules, Ethical Standards, Privilege Doctrines, And Common Law Principles, Susan J. Becker Jan 2003

Discovery Of Information And Documents From A Litigant's Former Employees: Synergy And Synthesis Of Civil Rules, Ethical Standards, Privilege Doctrines, And Common Law Principles, Susan J. Becker

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

The goal of this Article is to untangle some of the issues surrounding the recurring dilemmas posed by discovery of information held by former employees. Part II of this Article elucidates the competing interests of the litigators, their respective clients, the courts, and the potential witnesses when discovery is sought from former employees of a party. Part III provides a brief overview of the various legal authorities that govern an attorney's discovery of former employees and the synergy created by these sources. Part IV examines the potential pitfalls attorneys encounter when pursuing informal discovery of former employees of a ...


Conducting Informal Discovery Of A Party's Former Employees: Legal And Ethical Concerns And Constraints, Susan J. Becker Jan 1992

Conducting Informal Discovery Of A Party's Former Employees: Legal And Ethical Concerns And Constraints, Susan J. Becker

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

This Article identifies and critiques existing sources of confusion in the law and proposes revised and alternative discovery procedures to provide equal access to information possessed by ex-employees, while simultaneously safeguarding the integrity of that information. Its primary emphasis is on federal jurisprudence, although important points of consensus and departure between state and federal law are noted, as appropriate. Part I explains the issues that arise in informal discovery, and the difficulties with clearly resolving those issues given the conflicting state of the law. Part II discusses application of the attorney-client privilege to communications between corporate counsel and former employees ...


Industrial Trade Secrets, Their Use And Protection, G. G. Maruchnics Jan 1955

Industrial Trade Secrets, Their Use And Protection, G. G. Maruchnics

Cleveland State Law Review

Because of the great part that such trade secrets play in the success of many industrial endeavors, the courts have been called upon on many occasions to resolve controversies of litigants concerning such secrets.The cases most often appearing before the courts involve the relationship of employer and employee, or former employee. Out of this relationship arise the questions of ownership and use and misuse of alleged confidential information or trade secrets. Other relationships have also been considered by the courts, and the questions considered are in many respects overlapping. The big question is to determine what is a trade ...