Texas Appeals Panel Upholds $11 Million Trade Secret Award To Natural Gas Geologist

Texas Appeals Panel Upholds $11 Million Trade Secret Award To Natural Gas Geologist

TYLER, Texas - A unanimous 12th Texas Court of Appeals panel affirmed an $11 million judgment against a natural gas extraction company July 10 for misappropriation of a trade secret from a geologist who discovered the potential value of gas in a geologic formation known as the James Lime but reversed an award of $28 million in disgorgement and attorney fees for lack of a fiduciary relationship between the geologist and the company (Southwestern Energy Production Co. v. Toby Berry-Helfand, et al., No. 12-11-00370, Texas App., 2013 Tex. App. LEXIS 8549).

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