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Both Uber and Lyft must feel a bit vulnerable following a decision by Washington’s Supreme Court decision to allow the government to disclose data on what Seattle neighborhoods they serve. The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision to grant an injunction that sided with the transportation companies right to keep data secret.

The state Supreme Court, while agreeing that the data qualifies as trade secret material, sent Uber and Lyft back to the lower court, where they must now prove that public disclosure of their data is “clearly not be in the public interest and would substantially and irreparably damage a person or a vital government interest.”1 If Uber and Lyft cannot prove their case in the lower court, they’ll both lose trade secret status for their data.

Details, Claims and Allegations Surround the Ride-Share Trade Secret Case

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The following details, claims and allegations surrounding the ride-share trade secret case were gathered from recent news reports:2

What’s Next for Uber and Lyft?

We’re not sure ourselves, but their legal teams might start looking at some legal precedents to apply in their next appeal, if any are made. What this case does do, however, is wake up small businesses and growing companies of the governmental bureaucracy at work. They should especially be wary of having to submit information deemed proprietary or trade secrets in nature.

Contact a Denver Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Lawyer at Downey & Associates, PC

Did you have an employee or contractor steal company trade secrets? Or are you being asked to provide information to a government agency with material your company deems proprietary and company trade secrets? Then contact the Denver Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property Lawyer with Downey & Associates, PC. We specialize in helping clients with sensitive legal matters involving intellectual property law. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 303-643-9399 or send us an e-mail.


1“Uber and Lyft May Have to Disclose Seattle Data They Claim Secret, Supreme Court Rules” published in The Seattle Times, June 2018.

2“Ride-Sharing Services Lose Latest Trade Secret Battle” published in Labor Employment Perspectives, June 2018.

Everyone knows there’s big money in black gold (oil) and companies’ eager to get at this natural resource don’t take too kindly to the roadblocks they hit along the way. In this particular case (State of Wyoming et al v. Jewell et al [No. 16-8068]), a federal judge in Wyoming is getting a little bit of push back from the federal government as well as some legal professors about one of his controversial rulings blocking federal rules surrounding hydraulic fracturing on government ground.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) disclosed rules in 2015 that mandated that drilling companies disclose the materials they inject into the ground to free up oil and gas. The rules were put together as a result of public concern that fracking could pollute or contaminate underground water.

Details and Claims Concerning the Wyoming Federal Judge’s Controversial Ruling

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The following details and claims were gathered from local news reports:1

What is Next for Wyoming’s Fracking Regulation Ruling?

Many legal pundits thought that since Obama personally filed a brief, along with that of a large number of reputable law professors, that it would have ensured an overturning of the ruling. However, new developments could redirect the ruling, including:2

Contact a Denver Business Attorney at Downey & Associates, PC

Has your corporation or industry been hindered by a wrongful court ruling? If so, contact Denver Business Attorney Thomas E. Downey. Since 1983, Thomas Downey and his legal team at Downey & Associates, PC, have aggressively sought justice for all kinds of business-related matters, including contract negotiations, workplace accidents, and corporate conflicts.

Our Denver business attorney is experience handling complex corporate matters and un-judicious court rulings. We are up to the challenge of filing court appeals and fighting out long-drawn courtroom battles to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Why wait, call our Denver business attorney today to find out how we can assist you at (303) 813-1111 or by emailing him using the contact form on this page.

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1“Feds, law professors say judge wrong to block fracking rules” published in The Denver Post, August 2016.

2"Former DOI Honchos Urge 10th Circ. To Hear Frack Rule Case" published in 360 Law, June 2017.

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