BREAKING NEWS: Today (Wednesday, April 27, 2016) the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act. This Act allows companies to file civil lawsuits for trade secrets theft under the federal Economic Espionage Act. Currently, only criminal cases may be lodged by prosecutors. Private civil cases, on the other hand, must be filed under state law. The bill has already been passed by the Senate and is now headed to the president’s desk. The Obama administration “strongly supports” the bill.