Appeals Court Won't Force Arbitration In Pipeline Theft Suit

Law360, Dallas (June 10, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT) -- A Texas appeals court on Thursday refused to compel arbitration in a suit alleging a natural gas supplier double-billed pipeline owner DCP Midstream LP, saying an arbitration clause between DCP and the mineral rights owner named in the sales dispute doesn’t extend to other parties.

The Amarillo Court of Appeals rejected an argument by Karlin Services Inc. that the doctrine of equitable estoppel should apply and force arbitration in the case, saying DCP’s claims of theft, fraud and conversion did not arise out of the gas...
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