This Note will address the problem facing businesses in Ohio when the laws protecting trade secrets and confidential information come into direct conflict with laws protecting the media. Part II of this Note will discuss the concept and various legal definitions attributed to trade secrets and confidential proprietary information. Parts III and IV will discuss trade secrets, confidential information and the related remedies available to companies, with emphasis on the statutes under Ohio's criminal code. This Note will then focus on the protection afforded the media by both an Ohio shield statute which protects confidential sources, and the U.S. Constitution which protects freedom of the press. Finally, this Note will suggest that a company can pursue legal recourse for obtaining the identity of informants directly from the media, through the use of a grand jury subpoena, since newspersons are not entitled to an absolute testimonial privilege.
Note, Protecting Trade Secrets and Confidential Information from Media Disclosure: Removing the Reporter's Shield, 41 Clev. St. L. Rev. 175 (1993)