5th Circ. Lets IP Suit Against Lufkin, Andrews Kurth Proceed

Law360, Los Angeles (September 10, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday vacated an injunction blocking two former Lufkin Industries Inc. engineers from litigating claims in Texas state court that the oil company and Andrews Kurth LLP conspired to improperly assign the rights to two patents covering well technology.

A three-judge panel said the district court misapplied exceptions to the Anti-Injunction Act when it blocked Sam Gibbs, his colleague Ken Nolen and their attorneys from continuing to litigate in state court claims accusing an Andrews Kurth attorney of duping them into signing over...
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