How to keep a preliminary injunction on appeal in a trade secrets case

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction about pharmaceutical development in Daniels Health Sciences v. Vascular Health Sciences.  No. 12-20599 (March 5, 2013). The opinion offers a practical road map for basic issues in trade secret litigation.  As to likelihood of success on the merits, the Court found adequate findings about damage, specific confidential information, a trade secret arising from a “compilation,” and a confidential relationship between the parties.  As to irreparable injury, the Court found sufficient findings about reputational injury that was not speculative.  While it found no abuse of discretion in the district court’s weighing of public and private interest factors, it did see a “close question” about the overall scope of the injunction in light of the conduct at issue and the defendant’s business plans and suggested that the district court “try to narrow the scope of its injunction on remand.”

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