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Second District Vacates Arbitration Award for Failure to Resolve Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Counterclaim

In Arbitration on November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am
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The Second District Court of Appeal vacated an arbitration award for failure to resolve defendants’ counter-claim for misappropriation of trade secrets.  Rad v. Keehan, No. B222049, 2010 WL 4487142 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Nov. 10, 2010).  Defendants Michael Keehan, Lucy Keehan, Lucy’s Silk Store, Inc. and Michael’s Imports, Inc. (collectively defendants) appealed from a judgment entered after the trial court denied their motion to vacate an arbitration award against them and instead confirmed the award.  Id. *1.  Defendants contended that the arbitrator failed to decide their counter-claim for misappropriation of trade secrets, and thus the trial court should have vacated the arbitration award for failure to resolve all issues submitted to arbitration. Id. The Second District Agreed. Id.

Background

Plaintiff Ira Rad, on behalf of his company Bita LLC, executed an agreement (Sales Agreement) with one of defendants’ corporations, Michael Imports, Inc., to sell and distribute silk products from defendants’ “Lucy’s Silk” label. Id. Bita paid defendants $60,000 as partial consideration for the exclusive right to sell the products in the eastern United States, but after execution of the Sales Agreement, defendants continued to sell the products directly to East Coast customers, undercutting Bita’s sales.  Id. Plaintiffs sued defendants, alleging, inter alia, causes of action for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and rescission with respect to the Sales Agreement. Id. The parties ultimately stipulated to submit their disputes to binding arbitration and a stay of the litigation was entered. Id. Read the rest of this entry »

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Defendant Counterclaiming for Trade Secrets Misappropriation Awarded $72,403 in Damages and $372,094 in Attorneys Fees

In Arbitration, Counterclaims, Judgments, Verdicts on November 3, 2010 at 6:34 am
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Plaintiffs in a wrongful termination suit were denied any award after an arbitration, but one plaintiff was ordered to pay $72,403 in compensatory damages to defendant on, inter alia, misappropriation of trade secret counterclaims. Holland v. Wachovia Securities LLC, 2009 WL 7035871, 44 Trials Digest 13th 12 (S.D. Cal. Award May 18, 2009).

Background

According to court records: Plaintiff William Holland filed his Statement of Claim alleging that defendants Wachovia Securities LLC and Eugene P. Ingargiola, who was the manager of the Wachovia office where William was employed, had damaged him when they wrongfully terminated his employment on November 18, 2004.  Id. Among other things, plaintiff claimed that defendants had terminated him on account of his age and in a desire to re-assign his accounts to younger account executives whose percentage share in the revenues generated by those accounts would be less than plaintiff’s share had been. Id.

Holland’s son and co-worker, Michael W. Holland, also filed his own Statement of Claim in a separate proceeding, alleging that defendants had damaged him when his employment with Wachovia terminated very shortly after his father’s.  Id.

Wachovia counterclaimed, alleging, inter alia, that William Holland and Michael W. Holland violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and misappropriated trade secrets. Id. Read the rest of this entry »