Latest Articles in Letter of the Law

  • What constitutes a trade secret and best practices to protect them
    A trade secret involves confidential information that provides (or will provide) economic benefit or advantage to a business that would be lost if it were misappropriated or disseminated to the public. State and federal laws include various remedies that provide businesses ways to protect the value of these assets. A basic understanding of trade secret protection should enable a business to make... more »
  • Should industry standards be available to the public free of charge?
    Many current building codes incorporate AAMA or ASTM standards into the code sections relating to windows and doors. For example, the 2009 IRC Section R612.3 states that windows with fall prevention devices and window guards “shall comply with the requirements of ASTM F 2090.” But the ASTM standard is only referenced, not quoted. To figure out just what are requirements of ASTM F... more »
  • The nature and consequences of out-of-state subpoenas
    Most litigation takes place in the state court system. For example, a dispute arising out of construction in Illinois will normally be litigated in a regional Illinois state court. There are exceptions, but this is the general rule. This remains true even if some of the parties have their principal places of business outside Illinois.   If your Minnesota-based business was somehow... more »