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Seaman Discusses Trade Secret Theft in Virginian-Pilot

Christopher Seaman, associate professor at the School of Law, was quoted Dec. 4 in The Virginian-Pilot, the commonwealth’s largest newspaper, as an expert on trade secret law. The story detailed a lawsuit by a company against a former employee who it says accessed his old company computer to retrieve documents and provide them to a competitor.

Seaman said trade secret theft is becoming increasingly problematic for employers in the information age, especially for employers who allow people to work from home and access information over the internet. “There are a lot more routes to a company’s information now than there were even five years ago,” he told The Pilot. Seaman said businesses should remove the hard drive from a former employee’s computer or wipe it clean of information.

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