Suing the Informant in BSA Audits
The targets of BSA audits frequently believe that they know who reported them to the Business Software Alliance.
Justifiably angry, they want to know what legal recourse they have against the informant. Because the informants are frequently out of work, having been fired by the target, I advise my clients about the number one rule governing litigation: never sue poor people.
Legally speaking, the most probable cause of action against an informant in a BSA audit would be based upon a breach of an employment agreement containing a confidentiality provision. We have frequently assisted clients in drafting letters to former employees presumed to be the informant, forcefully reminding them of their confidentiality obligations, but have come short of advising clients to file suit against a presumed informant.