When are Client Lists Trade Secrets? A Case Study: Atwood Agency v. Black

A recurring issue in my practice is whether information known by a former employee is a “trade secret.” Many times the information at issue is a client list or simply the identify of clients and/or customers. The South Carolina Supreme Court considered this issue in the case of Atwood Agency v. Black, 374 S.C. 68, 646 S.E.2d 882 (S.C. 2007).

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