Employers should look before they leap.. Employee non-compete clauses are not favored in CA and apparently an employer better have its ducks in a row before it brings a trade secret action without any evidence in that forum as well.
This particular employer had a bad day in court and it cost them $1.6M. With so many Americans out of work it may be the courts are once again becoming more sympathetic to an employee's right to earn a living. Sure, employers with cause should not hesitate in vigorously protecting their trade secrets, but make sure that there are solid grounds before bringing an action.