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On March 6th, a federal magistrate judge in Pittsburgh granted the firm's motion to dismiss a case of against five former Carnegie Strategic Design Engineers LLC employees who were accused of allegedly violating the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) after they began working for a competitor. The decision was reported in a recent article in Law360.

The article titled, “Narrow View of CFAA Get Engineering Co.’s Suit Tossed,” described how U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy granted a motion to dismiss from the former workers, represented by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Greg Krock and Erin Lucas Hamilton.

The judge noted that Carnegie, “…failed to state a claim under the CFAA, which requires that an alleged violator access a protected computer without authorization or exceed their authorized access to be on the hook for civil liability.”

“We believe that the trial court’s decision was consistent with the way the Pennsylvania courts have handled the statute,” Krock said. 

Read the full article – “Narrow View of CFAA Get Engineering Co.’s Suit Tossed” (Law360, March 11, 2014)