In the latest episode of our energy law podcast, Chip Morris will talk to us about the top ten mistakes employers can make—in the oilfield, and beyond—when drafting non-compete agreements.
Ah, the “data dump”: Party A sends a request for production; Party B gives responsive documents plus an extra 50,000 pages. The tactic is used by plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys alike – and in each scenario, the receiving side feels the pain.
In this week’s episode of the firm’s energy law podcast, labor and employment partner AJ Johnson is featured in the second installment of a six-part series with guest speakers from Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC on a variety of key and emerging legal issues impacting the oil-and-gas industry. AJ tackles a topic that is a perennial headache […]
Earlier this year, we brought you our first quarter update on major developments in oil and gas law in Texas and throughout the country. Now, we are back with our second quarter update. We began 2Q17 with a discussion of the intersection of the oil patch with class actions and the Fair Labor Standards Act; the federal […]
My experience in prosecuting trade secret and non-compete cases has shown me, time and time again, the advantages of company-owned cell phones for employees (especially for oilfield service companies, among which workers frequently migrate), as opposed to a “Bring-Your-Own-Device” policy. When I last blogged about this issue, I mentioned that such advantages include company costs […]
In my October 12, 2016 blog posting, I discussed how C&S Energy Services, Ltd. v. McCoy demonstrated that courts in Texas will enforce non-competition agreements that are reasonably limited in scope and duration. A decision in a subsequent case, Cameron International Corp. v. Abbiss, pending in the Southern District of Texas (Atlas, J.) addresses the opposite […]
Trade secret and noncompetition lawsuits are common in the energy industry because non-public technology and the need to protect it can be important to an energy company’s success. One example of such a lawsuit is C&J Energy Services, Ltd. v. McCoy, filed in the Harris County District Court. The case was spurred by Keane Group’s hiring […]