Fox Trial Team Successful in $1.5M Trade Secret Misappropriation CaseApril 28, 2014 – Press Releases
A trial team, led by Fox Rothschild LLP Partner David F. Faustman, recently received a unanimous $1.5 million jury verdict in a case involving the misappropriation of trade secrets.
Faustman, along with Fox attorney Yesenia M. Gallegos, represented a freight forwarding company that was attempting to recover profits after a former employee quit the organization to start a competing business, using the freight company’s client list.
The former employee earned $1.5 million in profits from the new venture. In a four-day jury trial, argued in federal court, Fox contended that the client list used should be considered a trade secret, and thus any profits made belonged to the freight forwarding company.
After a two-hour deliberation, the jury unanimously found that the client list was a confidential trade secret and awarded Fox’s client the full $1.5 million in damages.
Faustman has handled a broad range of employment matters as well as varied commercial litigation throughout his career. He contributes to strategy and execution of acquisitions, providing seasoned judgment regarding labor relations, human resources and public affairs. Faustman’s practice is focused on commercial litigation, complex employment and labor law issues, including union organizing, labor negotiations, labor arbitration, matters before the National Labor Relations Board, long-term workforce strategies, wage and hour laws and affirmative action. He also has experience in health and safety related workplace issues and Cal-OSHA matters.