Case Law Reviews, Semiconductors
Tangibly Case Law Review # 16

Wells Fargo Ins. Services USA, Inc. v. McQuate

2016 , D. Colorado



The case involves allegations by Plaintiff Wells Fargo against former employees (Defendants) who left to work for a competitor, whereby engaging in wrongful conduct harming Wells Fargo. The court granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on claims related to breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and other wrongful conduct preceding and following their mass departure to work for competitor McGriff. The court found sufficient evidence to proceed to trial on certain claims while dismissing others.


Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

Legal Significance

The case highlights the importance of trade secret protection and the enforceability of contractual obligations post-employment. It underscores the legal challenges surrounding employees' departures and the subsequent impact on trade secrets and confidential information.

Financial Judgement

Not given

Key Takeaways

The ruling emphasizes the careful scrutiny of trade secret claims, breach of contract, and employee obligations post-resignation. It showcases the legal procedures involved in determining the validity of claims related to misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of employment-related contracts.