Blue Star Land Services v. Coleman
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
2017 WL 11309528 (2017)
Blue Star Land Services, LLC (Blue Star) sued Theo Coleman (defendant), Blue Star’s former employee, for trade-secret misappropriation in violation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). Blue Star alleged that Coleman duplicitously obtained significant amounts of computerized information containing Blue Star’s trade secrets and used that information to start a competing business that damaged Blue Star’s interests. To prevent Coleman from copying that information onto electronic storage media without Blue Star’s or the federal district court’s knowledge or permission, Blue Star moved for a DTSA ex parte civil-seizure order for a federal marshal to enter Coleman’s premises and confiscate the allegedly stolen information. Blue Star’s allegations satisfied all eight requirements the DTSA prescribed for obtaining such an order.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cauthron, J.)
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