Ninth Circuit affirms denial of injunction modification in trade secrets cases

Language Line Services, Inc. v. Language Services Associates, et al. (2012) 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 20008 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit) [unpublished]. GMSR’s client, Language Line Services, is the country’s largest provider of interpretation services. One of its employees left to join a competitor, taking with him highly confidential customer information. Language Line obtained a broad injunction barring any use of the stolen information and requiring a forensic examination of the competitor’s computers. Following issuance of the forensic report, the competitor sought modification of the injunction, arguing that the forensic report conclusively showed that it never had and never used Language Line’s information and that the injunction was too broad in other respects. The district court denied its request, and the competitor appealed. The Ninth Circuit affirmed, rejecting the competitor’s interpretation of the report and holding that the district court’s other findings were within its discretion.