“Anthony M. Fassano is an Associate in Archer & Greiner‘s Business Litigation Practice Group and maintains a diverse commercial and complex civil litigation practice. He represents a wide range of clients, including individuals, small and large companies, and governmental entities in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Anthony represents clients in a variety of matters, including environmental and toxic tort litigation, insurance matters, criminal matters, contract disputes and licensing agreements.
Prior to joining Archer, Anthony was an attorney in the Solicitor’s Office of the United States Department of Labor, where he handled all aspects of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) cases as part of the MSHA Litigation Backlog Project.
Previous to joining the Department of Labor, Anthony spent several years with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, PA.
During law school, Anthony served as a legal intern in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Camden, NJ. Prior to that, he served as a legal intern for Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in Fairfield, NJ.
The category of “trade secrets” is broad and encompasses information that people may not ordinarily associate with the term. Easy, iconic examples of trade secrets include the secret recipe for Coke or the secret formula for creating the nooks and crannies in Thomas’ English Muffins. Others, such as the algorithms that determine what appears in our social media feeds, or how much an office supply store charges a particular client for a box of paper clips, may not be so apparent. In reality, a “trade secret” is any secret, commercially valuable piece of information to which its owner restricts access and takes reasonable steps to protect. But even if you knew how wide-ranging the category is, you may not have considered “catcher’s signs” a trade secret. That is exactly what a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher is contending in a recent lawsuit filed in Texas state court. This case is generating much debate in the legal and baseball communities. Time will tell whether this suit is a dribbler that does not get past the pitcher or a line drive into the gap for extra bases, so let’s step up to the plate and take a good look at this recent case.