Picture this, you’re in a massive lawsuit and you have to produce a number of confidential documents relating to one of you’re biggest products. You provide everything to your external counsel — which includes product plans for the future and a number of highly important trade secrets — who then produces it to the other side. Then, you see multiple tweets and articles about those very documents. Turns out, the other side accidentally filed all of your confidential documents with the court.
Sounds like a nightmare, right? Well, it’s a reality for Microsoft. In their public fight with the FTC over their attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard, a number of documents relating to Xbox were accidentally made public. And while the court can delete those records from the docket, the public has the receipts.
This one will certainly replace the "showing up to the bar exam in our underwear" dream as our next nightmare.