April 28, 2015 – The Sixth Appellate District of California found that plaintiff Cypress Semiconductor was liable for the attorney’s fees of defendant Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (California Civil Code Section 3426 et seq.) because its claim that Maxim’s hiring of its former employees constituted a bad faith claim for misappropriation of trade secrets.  In the decision, the court makes clear that a business is entitled to recruit the employees of a competitor in California.

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