Defend Trade Secrets Act – Quick Update

extras_03Updated on 4/20/2016 at 10:48 AM EDT; updated again on 4/26/2016 at 8:25 EDT:

As you will recall, on April 4, the Senate voted unanimously to approve the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (commonly referred to as the “DTSA”), which would create a federal private right of action for the protection of trade secrets.

Today, April 20, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the DTSA without amendment.

The House will be voting tomorrow. The vote is voting tomorrow (April 27, 2016) under suspension of the rules – which generally means that the bill is noncontroversial, no amendments can be offered, debated is limited, and a 2/3 majority is required. The expectation is that the bill will pass.

For more, see Changing Trade Secrets | Noncompete Laws.