Defend Trade Secrets Act Litigation in Federal Courts
As regular readers know, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 is one of the biggest developments in the world of qui tam / whistleblower law from this past year. What makes it an important development to the world of qui tam / false claims act litigation is its immunity provisions for whistleblowers who remove documentation from their place of employment to support thier cases.
The DTSA, with its immunity provisions, was signed into law in May of this year, and as we close out the year cases concerning the immunity provisions are beginning to filter in. The reported decision so far, in my opinion, shows us some important things, but nothing we didn’t already know. Mainly, being a whistleblower is not without risks.