is a Member of Epstein Becker Green in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice and the Managing Shareholder of firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Blackburn’s experience includes extensive trial experience in all aspects of labor and employment law in a variety of different industries throughout the United States, representing employers in employment litigation matters before various courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators and mediators, and ounseling clients on day-to-day compliance with employment laws and presenting training programs for managers on employment law issues.
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Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ respective attorneys is sufficient to resolve the matter. However, litigation is sometimes unavoidable, and when it occurs, the employers involved are often surprised by how fast an unfair competition case can move to a practical conclusion, and how little time there might be to prepare for the crucial court hearing… The TRO hearing is often the be-all and end-all of unfair competition litigation because, if it is granted, the unfair competitive activities are immediately stopped, any stolen trade secrets are returned, and the competitive damage to the plaintiff-employer is contained or stopped. The case is usually thereafter resolved by a settlement. Essentially, if the TRO is granted, there typically is not much else of consequence to litigate between the parties.