Previously, I discussed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). As reported in the Legal Intelligencer, a law firm recently utilized CFAA against one of its former partners and associates who abruptly departed and allegedly used the “Dropbox” software to continue accessing the plaintiff law firm’s computer systems for the benefit of the law firm departing defendants joined. As reported in the Legal Intelligencer, Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski sued former partner Harrisburg office managing shareholder, two former associates, and others for not only barring plaintiff’s access to files located in the former attorneys’ locked offices, but for also for accessing, modifying, and deleting those files, in violation of the CFAA. In its complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, plaintiff estimated that defendants deleted approximately five percent of plaintiff’s backup tapes and misappropriated approximately 78,000 proprietary files. While this case is illustrative of ownership of trade secrets, it also demonstrates how CFAA can be applied to matters involving computers and former business associates and employees.