Maryland Court Sends Reminder That Information Must Be Confidential And Protected To Be Trade Secret

Monday, December 10, 2018

Customer lists may be, but are not necessarily, trade secrets.  In a recent decision by Judge Nazarian of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, the defendants were found not to be in violation of the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“MUTSA”). The Court found that the plaintiff’s client contact information was not a trade secret because it was available on the Internet, the compiled information was accessible to both current and former employees, and the plaintiff had taken no steps to protect it.  A.C.L. Computers & Software, Inc. v. Braxton-Brant Techs., Inc., No. 1423, 2018 WL 6271671 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Nov. 30, 2018).