blaw thyroff - 4. Thyroff v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance...

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4. Thyroff v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Facts Thyroff was an employee for the insurance company. Thyroff used company computer for personal correspondance and other data storage. Nationwide automatically uploaded all of Thyroff’s information into centralized computers. When contract ended, Thyroff unable to retrieve customer and personal information stored on computers. Thyroff brings cause of action for the conversion of his business and personal information stored on the computer hard drives. Issue Does the law recognize the conversion of electronic computer records and data (intangible property)-can the law expand to keep up with society? Holding Thyroff could maintain cause of action for conversion. The insurance company infringed on Thyroff’s intangible property. Reasoning Other courts have taken a flexible view of conversion and held that the cause of action can include intangible property. Virtual documents can be made tangible by printing. The strength of common law lies in its ability to respond to the demands of a changing
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