I love this story. Two sisters who worked for a firm hired to help State Farm with adjuster services for Katrina claims later switched teams and went to work as consultants for plaintiff lawyer Dickie Scruggs. I blogged about this earlier here. Now they are getting sued by their former employer for violating the Alabama Trade Secrets Act and divulging confidential information. I haven’t seen the complaint yet, but I bet the sisters had to sign confidentiality agreements when they went to work for the vendor. A trade secret is really just something that derives independent economic value from not being generally known, and is subject to reasonable efforts to prevent its disclosure. Sounds to me like the vendor may have a point. It’s hard to picture how taking documents from your employer and giving them to the other side squares with a duty of confidentiality.