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Businesses Have a Right to Protect Their Trade Secrets

Business and Commercial Disputes By Binnall Law Group - 2018/08/17 at 09:47am

Depending on the nature of the business and the information being protected, trade secrets may form a substantial portion of an intellectual property portfolio, and thus a substantial portion of the total value of a given business.  As such, potential trade secret infringement may have enormous consequences for the continued health of a business.  Fortunately, those whose trade secrets have been infringed (through misappropriation) may bring an action against the liable defendant. Legitimate trade secrets are protected by law against unlawful infringement.  Infringement — in the trade secret context, known as misappropriation — can be rather complicated to understand. Let’s […]

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Challenging Gag Orders in White Collar Cases

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2018/08/10 at 09:36am

In the white collar criminal defense context, defendants may benefit substantially from being able to speak to the media about their case.  Criminal charges — particularly those that involve high-stakes white collar criminal activity — often draw significant attention, and as such, the public is likely to speculate about the guilt of the parties involved before trial even begins. Gag orders are judicial rulings that prevent public disclosure relating to information on a particular case.  Gag orders are generally intended to protect the defendant, witnesses, or other parties in a criminal prosecution.  For example, a gag order preventing anyone involved […]

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White Collar Crimes: What are the Benefits of Conducting an Internal Investigation?

White Collar Criminal Defense By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/31 at 08:21pm

If you are currently under investigation by a government agency, or if you are simply concerned that you (or an employee/agent) might have committed a regulatory violation that could expose your organization to criminal liability, then it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Alexandria white collar defense attorney for further guidance.  Qualified white collar criminal defense attorneys will work with you to conduct an internal investigation and identify potential violations. Many businesses don’t fully understand the value of performing an internal investigation — after all, the internal investigation may be seen as an “extra” expense and effort that […]

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Detrimental Reliance and Compensation Without a Valid Contract

Business and Commercial Disputes By Binnall Law Group - 2018/07/27 at 08:14pm

Individuals and businesses are frequently unaware of their rights under the law.  Misinformation in the contract dispute context is quite common — after all, many mistakenly believe that contracts are automatically invalid unless they are written.  Similarly misunderstood is the fact that certain non-contractual promises are enforceable against the promisor (i.e., the party that made the promise at issue), pursuant to the doctrine of detrimental reliance. What is Detrimental Reliance? Detrimental reliance occurs when a party is reasonably induced to rely on a promise made by another party.  In many states, a detrimental reliance claim is actionable if the reliance […]

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