In this episode, we look at the recent non-compete case of Amazon.com v. Daniel Powers. In 2012, Powers was terminated from Amazon where he had previously headed its Web Services division, a unit of Amazon focused on cloud computing solutions for businesses. Powers later joined Google in a similar capacity. This podcast discusses the lawsuit that followed, the favorable result Powers and Google achieved, and the host of non-compete and trade secret issues that arose in this high-profile case.
The case is great template for non-compete and trade secret law, and we discuss the court’s view of the reasonableness of Powers’ contract with Amazon, tactical decisions made by the parties in litigating the case, and the steps taken by Google and Powers to wall off Amazon’s efforts at litigation.
Our next podcast will address practical steps when considering TROs or preliminary injunctions in a trade secret or non-compete dispute.