“Proprietary information” is the life of a business.   To be considered “proprietary” the information has to be  unique and that the company has to have taken steps to keep it secret.  It can include:

  • Trade Secrets
  • Customer Lists
  • Price Lists
  • Processes
  • Marketing Plans
  • Business Plans

Often a departing employee is tempted to take proprietary information to start a new business or to help a new employer.  Texas law offers a broad spectrum of protection to the  business.

On the other side, a business is often motivated to accuse a departing employee of taking  proprietary information so that it can keep him out of the marketplace.  Texas law also offers a measure of protection to departing employees.

These types of cases often involve immediate and urgent action – a lawsuit, a temporary restraining order, and a temporary injunction action within two weeks of the departure.  The cases are fact-intensive.

At Hammerle, Finley & Scroggins, we have represented many employers and employees in these situations.   We know that the stakes are high for all of the parties.  We act swiftly to protect our client’s interests.


Call us.  We can help.