I am a Buisness owner with policies and procedures that serve as the blue print of my Buisness. They illustrate ways to operate the Buisness as well as qualifications for employees. Someone stole this information and has began the same Buisness in my area and now are a competitor. I believe someone from my organization did it.
You should seriously consider contacting a local Business attorney to determine what civil recourse you have available, as well as whether the conduct equates to a federal crime.
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What steps have you taken to protect that information ( your processes, policies, and procedures)?
Do you know who the "someone" is?
Lots more questions to address before knowing whether you have any legal recourse. Competition in the business world is tough; if you did not take proper steps to protect your trade secrets, it may be too late.
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Trade secrets cases can be tough to establish because you will need to prove that the information taken and used constituted a trade secret; that the trade secret was 'misappropriated' (a term rife with various definitions and issues); and that you are suffering damages as a result of the misappropriation. It's possible you may have a valid trade secrets claim, but it requires a much thorougher analysis than what an Avvo attorney can provide.
You should consult with a local business/commercial litigation attorney immediately as the steps taken to safeguard your information is also an issue to be considered by the court in regards to whether there was a misappropriation of a trade secret.
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