Nosal left Korn/Ferry, the largest executive search firm in the world and where he was a regional director, to secretly start a rival business. Other former Korn/Ferry employees who were working with him used a Korn/Ferry secretary’s password to log into a proprietary database of job candidates to build the new outfit’s candidate lists. A San Francisco jury convicted Nosal in 2013 of violating the CFAA and stealing trade secrets.

“I don’t think the Supreme Court is going to use this case as the one to clarify any of the open issues in the CFAA,” said Bradford Newman, a partner in the employment law department of Paul Hastings, who followed the case but was not directly involved in it.

Newman said he thinks a series of decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the Nosal case and others have clarified that routine web behavior isn’t subject to criminal prosecution. Said Newman: “I think the parade of horribles doesn’t exist any longer—if it ever did.”