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Where can springboard injunctions be used?
An employer claiming misuse of confidential information will often seek springboard relief in addition to a confidentiality injunction. A standard confidentiality injunction would prevent the anticipated misuse of data. Conversely, the springboard injunction prevents the gains and unfair success as a result of unfair advantage.
Typically, the court will consider springboard doctrine in cases like these:
- An employee has taken information – such as a client list – from a previous employee and used it to unfair advantage
- A planned team move from one company to another. Planned at the detriment of the previous employer and the advantage of the latter
- Breach of employment contracts, resulting in unfair advantage to a new employer
Some historical examples of springboard injunctions give a good scope of their uses: