Carbo Can't Use Noncompete Against Fracking Equipment Rival

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked Carbo Ceramics Inc. from using a noncompete provision in a supply contract to restrict C-E Minerals Inc.'s sales of rival fracking equipment, finding strong evidence that the agreement violated antitrust laws.

U.S. District Judge J. Owen Forrester granted C-E’s motion for a preliminary injunction barring Carbo from enforcing the noncompete agreement, saying the company had shown there was a likelihood C-E would prevail in its Sherman Act claims, as well as those asserting Georgia and Alabama antitrust law....
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