Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Michigan at Port Huron.
No. 3:18-cv-10986—Robert H. Cleland, District Judge.
Argued: December 12, 2019
Decided and Filed: September 9, 2020
Before: GILMAN, KETHLEDGE, and READLER, Circuit Judges.
CHAD A. READLER, Circuit Judge. Following the abrupt resignation of two
employees, Royal Truck & Trailer discovered that the employees, prior to resigning, had
accessed confidential company information from their company-issued computers and cell
phones and then utilized the information in violation of company policy. Royal responded by
filing suit against the employees, alleging violations of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse
Act (CFAA) as well as Michigan law.
The conduct at issue might violate company policy, state law, perhaps even another
federal law. But because Royal concedes that the employees were authorized to access the
information in question, it has failed to satisfy the statutory requirements for stating a claim
under the CFAA. Accordingly, we AFFIRM the district court’s judgment.