Venable partner Tom Wallerstein was quoted in a January 9, 2017, National Law Journal article on his representation of two Moscow-based OOO Brunswick Rail Management executives accused of misappropriating trade secrets. While a federal judge ordered a freeze on the email accounts of the two executives, he stopped short of invoking seizure power of the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Passed last year, the DTSA empowers federal courts to order seizures on ex parte applications in extraordinary circumstances to prevent trade secret theft.
Commenting on the judge's ruling, Wallerstein said Brunswick "was well aware that the defendants frequently used personal email addresses to conduct company business. There was nothing nefarious, improper or surprising about that." He also noted that his clients are not accused of opening a competing business or profiting from any alleged secrets.