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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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.

Which in some cases is effectively a restriction on a persons ability to seek alternative work in a related position or area where they have the most expertise.

But courts in the state of California are often very unfriendly to non-compete clauses.

It's certainly more employee friendly, yes.

It does seem like Google used some very underhanded business practices, and possible some illegal ones here though

Why did you leap to that conclusion? All Google have done is to hire someone who used to work at another large company based in and around the Valley. That's hardly a rare or special event. Unless Google specifically asked Bedier to spill the beans and provide intimate knowledge of PayPal, they haven't done anything wrong.

dupe PayPal...luring some of PayPal's top talent away...backing out of the deal

Why would Google even bother to set up a "fake deal" in the first place? If they wanted to hire people to build Google Wallet they can advertise the positions, accept applications and hire suitable candidates. What benefit is it to Google to "pretend" to want to sign a deal? There is none.

Edited 2011-05-28 14:32 UTC

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