If you own a successful business, be prepared for people to sue you to gain access to your confidential information and trade secrets. This may include customer lists, new products, identities of key employees, your gross revenues and possible valuable new business. That’s what your competitors are after. Many bogus lawsuits seeking to gain an unfair competitive advantage are filed every day in California.
For instance, an investor in your business might sue and claim fraud to coerce you into disclosing other investors and paying a monetary settlement to which he/she is not entitled. That investor’s end game is often to get an order from a judge to force you to disclose other of your investors, which could lead to a class action lawsuit or multiple additional lawsuits against your business.
But it gets worse. In the course of seeking an ill-gotten competitive advantage, the plaintiff in the bogus lawsuit can tie up your personnel and cost you untold amounts of money through discovery requests for information. Through numerous depositions, document requests and other discovery a plaintiff can push for access to your unique proprietary business forms and documents. In effect, they are stealing your internal valuable information, know-how and systems through court approved processes.
To prevent your valuable business property and information from being wrongfully disclosed, our lawyers strongly object to all such requests, continuously, and with powerful legal authority. The plaintiff will scream “concealment and hiding of the truth.” We will fight back by advocating strenuously to the judge the right to protect your confidential information. No matter how much pressure the plaintiff, the judge or anyone else applies, we hold fast to stop the legalized theft of your business’ information and competitive know-how.
The prize, when we successfully stop all bleeding of your proprietary information, is when the judge throws out the bogus complaint. While we are fighting the release of your corporate information, we are simultaneously attacking the plaintiff’s complaint. At the point the complaint is ordered dismissed, there is no more discovery and no more access to your valuable know-how.
We know how to protect business clients despite the recurring outcry from the plaintiff that our aggressive advocacy is interference with justice. We rebut this baseless claim by seeking justice for our clients first through fighting overbroad discovery. Our goal is to force the plaintiffs out of court with no lawsuit before they see one piece of paper or one flash drive that our clients spent years to create.
For the past 30 years, The Butler Law Firm has always stood up for clients in these situations. Though more such bogus lawsuits are filed every day in California, we have the experience, the guts and the know-how to fight and protect our clients’ businesses.