Ex-Intel Worker Can Send E-Mail to Former Colleagues

Intel grossly overreached when it sued a former employee who was sending e-mail to his ex-colleagues to complain about the company’s actions. Now the California Supreme Court has said so (San Jose Business Journal) in an important opinion. Here’s the ruling (PDF, 300k).

Question: Might this case be precedent at some point to help overturn a horrible federal-court ruling from a couple of years ago? In that case (Computerworld), eBay was able to block a now-defunct company called Bidder’s Edge from crawling its site, among other auction sites, to let people know what items were being auctioned and where the best deals could be found. That case was a travesty, and helped eBay gain what is looking more and more like a Microsoftian monopoly.


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