Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th May 2011 21:50 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Legal Ding ding ding ding - I think we have a record here. Launched yesterday, Google Wallet has already attracted a lawsuit. While patent lawsuits are teh shizzle these days, this lawsuit is a little different, so sadly I can't trot out my usual 'software patents bad' lines (aww). PayPal has sued Google over its Wallet service, claiming that one key former PayPal executive who accepted a job at Google took trade secrets with him.
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pantheraleo
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Well, with any software development job, you almost invariably sign an agreement that survives your departure from the company that says you will not share that company's trade secrets with a future employer. Actually, in most other states, PayPal would probably win. But courts in the state of California are often very unfriendly to non-compete clauses. It does seem like Google used some very underhanded business practices, and possible some illegal ones here though, to dupe PayPal into thinking they were going to sign a deal with them to use PayPal for online payments, luring some of PayPal's top talent away, then using that talent to develop their own competing service and backing out of the deal they had lead PayPal to believe they were going to sign with them.

This one's definitely going to be interesting. PayPal definitely has a legitimate case I think though.

Edited 2011-05-28 01:17 UTC

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