Hey lawyerly types...

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  1. queerface

    queerface Un-engaged Dyke Gold

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    I have a question.

    My current employer (I'm bailing soon) recently came to my team with a list of our competitors customers. This list contained some highly confidential information. How much they spent on licenses, when they renew, etc.

    I asked where the list had been procured since the info is pretty private, and I was told, "Don't ask."

    We've been told to run a campaign on this list, but I'm sort of uncomfortable calling on it since it seems so shady.

    My question: is it against the law for me to call on this list knowing it was received in a sketchy way?
     
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  2. Lemmy

    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    Make that list your bitch IMO.
     
  3. TheMercenary

    TheMercenary Collecting Light Gold

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    Call your HR, ask for anonymity and protection, use it as leverage to get a "fuck you - level" severance package and hush money.
     
  4. Shortwave98

    Shortwave98 A-Number 1 Banned User

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    Does Mlaw have you blocked too?
     
  5. queerface

    queerface Un-engaged Dyke Gold

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    Nah I don't think so.
    Mlaw and I are cool with each other. I dig her big brother and survivor comments.
     
  6. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Isn't all sales kind of shady?
     
  7. ljc

    ljc fish sucks on the stick Gold

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    On this board only one lawyer has all the answers but he is very busy but i will try to set up a meeting with him. @ClintDagger
     
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    SomerSky Obsessed with what I hate Banned User

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    Yes
    Both you and your company can be sued under a variety of illegality....
    Don't say anything, no good deed goes unpunished.....
     
  9. bdbx18

    bdbx18 Well-Known Member

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    Just remember if you do talk to HR, they are there to protect the company with the pretense of protecting the employee.
     
  10. Big Bad Booey

    Big Bad Booey Well-Known Member

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    We have a few fake lawyers, will that do?
     
  11. ClintDagger

    ClintDagger World's #2 Ranked Poster - Exec VP Larry, Inc VIP

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    I'm not an attorney, but as the best damn commercial banker in the metroplex I've come across this before. Whoever took that list perhaps (and likely) took it through means that could subject them to civil litigation. If you use that list the worst that could happen to you is you get pulled in to do depositions and depending on what line of work you are in could hurt your rep.

    Tl; dr version: more headache than it's worth
     
  12. TheMercenary

    TheMercenary Collecting Light Gold

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    Agree.

    Protect the company by maybe buying her silence in the form of an NDA.
     
  13. TheJackiePuppet

    TheJackiePuppet Well-Known Member

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    Ask for a meeting to discuss this, but before hand sneak into the conference room and put recording mikes under the table. Then lay your cards on the table. What could possibly go wrong?????????????;)
     
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    The Bloody Nine VIP Extreme Gold

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    No, you would not have personal liability. If you were aware of a crime (it doesn't seem like you are; could be that former employees who were not bound by confidentiality agt could have shared) there are whistle-blower laws in certain states that would protect you were you to go to law enforcement or dime out. Public companies frequently maintain 1800 numbers for just this purpose.
     
  15. sumtexan

    sumtexan Consentido de Dios Gold

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    Unless they told you how they obtained the list, don't think the origin of the list is your issue, it's your employer's. Customer lists are typically covered by employment agreements that contain confidentiality provisions (the enforceability of them varies from state to state). If you have concerns about how your boss got the list, then it may be worthwhile to alert your employer because about this, anonymously or otherwise. Many companies will appreciate avoiding the risk that may come with calling customers from the list. You know your company's culture better than any of us, and you should trust your instinct on this.

    That said, SomerSky's advice about keeping your mouth shut is also a compelling course because nothing may come of it and you could be identified as a trouble maker, which is also a tough spot to find yourself in.
     
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    EmperorsNewCaps Member

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    Is it me or is obtaining wannabe-damning material in an illegal fashion and asking whether or not it's legal to utilize a reoccuring theme with you?

    I feel like you ask this question every other week and the answer is always the same.
     
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    make copies, keep a log of meetings, who attended and time and dates..
    surreptitiously contact the opposition and see what the information is worth..
    pretend you're taking the high road, this could be a stepping stone to your new job.
     
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    Pelicanman Engorged Member VIP Gold

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    I am a lawyer, but I require a $300 retainer before I give legal advice. I'll take paypal, greendot, or nude pictures.
     
  19. TheMercenary

    TheMercenary Collecting Light Gold

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    All of this assumes you are leaving anyway. If staying, just dummy up.
     
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  20. queerface

    queerface Un-engaged Dyke Gold

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    I think this is the first time I inquired about this.
    I think it's just you.