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SCHLAGE LOCK CO. V. WHYTE, G028382

The inevitable disclosure doctrine, permitting a trade secret owner to prevent a former employee from working for a competitor, is contrary to California law and policy because it creates an after-the-fact covenant not to compete restricting employee mobility.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/12/2002
  • Published 09/13/2002

Judges

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  •  Fisher & Phillips, John M. Polson, Robert Yonowitz and John E. Lattin IV, Irvine, for Defendant, Cross-complainant and Appellant and Defendant and Appellant., Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Martin J. Foley, Michael E. Pappas and Azniv Ksachikyan, Los Angeles, for Plaintiffs, Cross-defendants and Respondents.
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