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U.S. Appeals Court Revives Workplace Cybertheft Lawsuit



Wednesday’s decision may make it easier for U.S. companies to crack down on alleged computer theft that occurs in remote locations, including outside the country.

In a decision that could make it easier for businesses to police cybertheft in the workplace, a U.S. appeals court revived a chemical company’s lawsuit accusing a former Toronto-area employee of using her home computer to steal trade secrets from its Connecticut server, Reuters reports.

Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said U.S.-based MacDermid Inc may pursue civil damages claims against a former account manager under Connecticut state law, even though she conducted her alleged improper activity from her home in Fort Erie, Ontario.

Wednesday’s decision may make it easier for U.S. companies to crack down on alleged computer theft that occurs in remote locations, including outside the country. In recent years, U.S. courts increasingly have dealt with cases involving downloads of corporate information by employees, both in criminal cases brought by prosecutors and civil cases filed by companies.

 

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