Steven Fulgham

Steven Fulgham is an associate in the Memphis office of Baker Donelson. As a member of the Advocacy Department, Steven assists clients in various general business-related litigation matters. Contact Steven at sfulgham@bakerdonelson.com.

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA” or the “Act”) into law.  Prior to enactment of the DTSA, the law governing trade secrets was left to the states, most of which have adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.  The DTSA creates a federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets, which is available in conjunction with claims under state law.  Among other forms of relief, the DTSA provides for attorneys’ fees and exemplary damages, a form of punitive damages, under certain circumstances.  An additional means of protecting trade secrets is great for employers, but the DTSA sets forth specific steps that employers must take to enjoy all of its protections.
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In late March 2016, five star players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a complaint with the EEOC, alleging that they are paid 40% less than the U.S. men’s national soccer team. The women’s U.S. soccer team is currently ranked number one in the world and have won three World Cup championships (including in 2015) and four Olympic golds . . . and let’s just be kind and say the men’s team is not quite as successful. The women’s team even generates more revenue – $20 million more than the men’s team in 2015, yet the apparent pay disparity still exists. This claim comes at a key time when the issue of equal pay is making headlines and has become a hot-button issue in the presidential race. (more…)

It seems that with every passing day more cities and states adopt ordinances and statutes governing paid sick leave. At present, three states and eighteen cities have enacted laws providing for paid sick leave. The states are Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts, and the cities are as follows: San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; New York, New York; Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Montclair, and Bloomfield in New Jersey; Eugene, Oregon; Oakland, California; Tacoma, Washington; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (more…)