4th Circuit Limits the Reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – WEC Carolina Energy Solutions v. Miller

29 07 2012

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani, with comments from Eric]

WEC Carolina Energy Solutions LLC v. Miller, et al., 2012 WL 3039213 (4th Cir.; July 26, 2012)

We’ve blogged about the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act being stretched by plaintiffs in civil (particularly employment) cases. The Ninth Circuit in Nosal recently gave the statute a more limited interpretation, although it left some things unclear. (Here’s our blog post on the Nosal en banc panel opinion: “Comments on the Ninth Circuit’s En Banc Ruling in U.S. v. Nosal.”) The Fourth Circuit recently followed Nosal’s approach and went one step further. Both of these rulings make it much more difficult for employers to use the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act against departing employees.


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