When Employees Steal
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In any business, the bosses have to trust their employees. Many businesses have secrets that give them an edge over their competitors. If those secrets are stolen or sold by a trusted employee, the results can be financially disastrous.
Unfortunately, there are employees who are not worthy of the trust businesses place in them. When employees steal trade secrets from their employers, it can be critically important to have business attorneys who know how to stop the damage and what steps can be taken to prevent it from happening again.
The Dallas business lawyers at Polewski & Associates have helped many business owners who have had trade secrets stolen. Our business attorneys understand the complex issues associated with these cases, and we are prepared to fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected during this difficult time for your business.
What are Trade Secrets?
Trade secrets consist of any information, process, or idea that is not common knowledge to your competitors and gives you an advantage in your business dealings. They include a variety of forms of confidential business information, including:
- Chemical formulas
- Industrial processes
- Business plans
- Customer lists
Protecting Your Trade Secrets
In order to protect your trade secrets from being discovered by your competitors, you must take reasonable precautions such as:
- Disclosing business information to employees on a “need to know” basis
- Keeping sensitive documents and materials securely locked away
- Requiring passwords to access computer files
- Restricting access to certain areas of production facilities
- Training employees so that they understand what information cannot be disclosed to others
Our Dallas business attorneys will work with you to indentify which pieces of your business information qualify as trade secrets, and we will help you devise a strategy to effectively protect them. This may include drafting contracts such as employment agreements, consultant agreements, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and manufacturing agreements which safeguard these valuable assets to your business.
Trade Secret Litigation
At Polewski & Associates, our business lawyers have more than 25 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation matters involving trade secrets. If you believe your trade secrets have been stolen by a current or former employee, we can file a lawsuit to prevent these secrets from being used by your competitors. Depending on the specifics surrounding your case, we may also be able to seek damages to compensate you for any financial losses your business has experienced due to the theft of your trade secrets.
Our business attorneys will listen carefully to your story and work with you to devise the best legal strategy to achieve your desired outcome. We will provide you with aggressive representation throughout the resolution of your trade secret dispute to ensure your best interests are protected.
Please contact Polewski & Associates today to schedule your initial business law consultation at our Dallas, Texas office.