Partner Austin Champion recently authored an article that was published by Texas Lawyer. The article, “Updates in Federal Trade Secret Law,” discusses how the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has ushered in a new era of federal uniformity in American trade secret law. Since its enactment on May 11, 2016, nearly 100 cases have been filed asserting a claim under the act. Champion highlights how courts have interpreted the law in these cases, especially as they relate to the controversial ex parte seizure provision, whistleblower immunity and copyright pre-emption. He also discusses how the federal law differs from state law, providing practical insights for attorneys. Champion concludes that in the DTSA's sophomore year, “state-court claims for trade secret misappropriation will continue to thrive—for convenience, comfort, personal preference, or as a result of the numerous legal nuances that remain between the DTSA and each state's trade secret laws.”
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Austin Champion is a litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas who works with companies and individuals involved in complex, high-stakes business and intellectual property disputes. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he served as an articles editor on the SMU Law Review Association and graduated with honors.