Suing the Informant in SIIA Audits
The targets of SIIA audits frequently believe that they know who reported them to the Software & Information Industry Association. Justifiably angry, they want to know what legal recourse they have against the informant. Because the informants are frequently out of work, having been fired by the target, I advise my clients about the number one rule governing litigation: never sue poor people. Legally speaking, the most probable cause of action against an informant in a SIIA audit would be based upon a breach of an employment agreement containing a confidentiality provision. We have frequently assisted clients in drafting letters to former employees presumed to be the informant, forcefully reminding them of their confidentiality obligations, but have come short of advising clients to file suit against a presumed informant.
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