Hooters, the popular restaurant chain featuring beautiful servers in hot pants found itself in hot water after a former executive was accused of misappropriating confidential and proprietary information when he left the company last year. A forensic investigation confirmed that company info had been downloaded and transmitted to a personal email account by former Hooters Executive Vice President Joseph W. Hummel both immediately prior and subsequent to his July 2011 resignation from the company. One month after Hummel resigned, a new company, La Cima, was formed with the stated intent to open 35 restaurants in the Southeastern US with Hummel serving as a partner and chief operating officer. Not surprising, something smelled a little fishy to Hooters. As a result of the lawsuit, Hooters successfully secured the return and/or destruction of all of its misappropriated information, together with certifications from La Cima and Hummel that such information would not be used competitively in the future.