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Northern District Applies California Code of Civil Procedure § 2019.210 to Federal “Misappropriation of Business Ideas” Case

In C.C.P. § 2019.210 Pre-Discovery Disclosure, Common Law Misappropriation, Discovery, Patricia V. Trumbull on October 11, 2010 at 8:20 am
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In a federal case, the Northern District of California applied a California rule of procedure, California Code of Civil Procedure 2019.210, in ordering a plaintiff to identify its allegedly misappropriated business ideas.  Interserve, Inc. v. Fusion Garage Pte Ltd., No. C-09-05812 RS (PVT), 2010 WL 3931100 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 6, 2010) (slip op.).  But after the court dismissed without leave to amend plaintiff’s tort claim for “misappropriation of business ideas”, the court rejected defendant’s challenge to the sufficiency of the disclosure as moot.  Id. *2

Background

Defendant Fusion Garage PTE, Ltd. brought a renewed motion for a protective order pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 2019.210 and Rule 26(c), contending that Plaintiffs Interserve, Inc., doing business as TechCrunch and CrunchPad. failed identify their misappropriated business ideas with any specificity.  Id. *1.  Plaintiffs alleged claims for (1) misappropriation of business ideas; (2) false advertising; (3) breach of fiduciary duty, and (4) fraud.

Defendant asserted the following deficiencies with plaintiffs disclosure: Read the rest of this entry »

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