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Suzanne Barto Hill

is a partner in Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s Orlando office. She represents clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes, including intellectual property, employment, consumer litigation, professional liability and class actions. Suzanne routinely defends clients in claims involving Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, the False Claims Act, the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and its Florida counterpart, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, the Uniform Trade Secret Act and civil RICO. She represents clients in claims involving breach of contract, fraud, misappropriation, trade secrets, intellectual property, non-compete agreements, and shareholder/partner disputes.

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Recent Articles by Suzanne Barto Hill

Top Secret: How to Successfully Build a Trade Secrets Case

When an employee who has left a company to work for a competitor shares a coveted trade secret, his or her former employer can experience devastating effects, including lost business and reputational damage. As a result, the former employer may want to file a lawsuit; and to stop the former employee and the competitor from using the proprietary information while the suit is pending, the employer can also seek preliminary injunctive relief. Preliminary injunctive relief requires an evidentiary showing that the former employer is suffering irreparable harm. That is, harm that cannot be remedied with money damages. The former employer must also show a likelihood that the employer will prevail on its claim against the former employee. As such, the former employer must develop preliminary evidence that the information taken is a secret that is not readily ascertainable from public sources, that the employer took reasonable precautions to protect the information from disclosure, that the former employee took the information without authority and is using the information or has disclosed the information to others. If successful, the former employee, and those acting in concert with the former employee, will be enjoined from using the former employer’s information while the litigation proceeds. As such, seeking and obtaining preliminary injunctive relief can, and is often, an important milestone in a trade secret case.