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U.S. Legal Support, Inc. v. Hofioni

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

August 30, 2013

U.S. LEGAL SUPPORT, INC., A Texas corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
AMEEN HOFIONI, an individual, MORGAN ALBANESE, an individual, THE LIT GROUP, a Nevada corporation, HUTCHINGS COURT REPORTERS, LLC, a California corporation, LITIGATION SERVICES, a Nevada corporation, Defendants.

ORDER

LAWRENCE K. KARLTON, District Judge.

This matter concerns a trade secrets dispute between plaintiff U.S. Legal Support, Inc. and defendants Ameen Hofioni, Morgan Albanese, The LIT Group, Hutchings Court Reporters, LLC, and Litigation Services. Plaintiff alleges that Hofioni and Albanese, its former employees, misappropriated certain trade secrets and are using this information for the benefit of their new employer, The LIT Group, and its affiliated entities, Hutchings Court Reporters, LLC and Litigation Services, and to plaintiff's consequent detriment.

Plaintiff applies for a temporary restraining order (i) enjoining defendants from using or disclosing certain trade secrets and confidential information, (ii) compelling defendants to return trade secrets, whether in hard copy or electronic form, and (iii) compelling defendants to provide plaintiff with access to online storage areas in order to verify defendants' alleged use of trade secrets and confidential information.[1] Plaintiff also seeks an order to show cause why a preliminary injunction should not issue, as well as a preservation order. Plaintiff also seeks an order for expedited discovery.

The court determines that a hearing is necessary on the issues presented by the TRO application, and hereby orders as follows:

[1] Plaintiff's application for a temporary restraining order is SET for hearing on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 4. The court will vacate this hearing if the parties agree to a stipulated TRO, a possibility alluded to in the checklist filed with plaintiff's application papers. Defendants may file an opposition at any time prior to the hearing (preferably through the court's Electronic Case Filing system, but in paper form with the Clerk's Office if that is not possible), and should be prepared to provide the court with paper copies of their opposition, if any, at the hearing.

[2] Plaintiff is DIRECTED to serve defendants with a copy of this order forthwith and to file notice of service with the court immediately thereafter.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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