Oil Firm, Rival Denied Early Wins In Trade Secret Dispute

Law360 (May 10, 2018, 5:28 PM EDT) -- An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday denied both parties a quick win in Core Laboratories Inc.'s trade secret suit against AmSpec LLC, ruling there were questions surrounding AmSpec's counterclaims that a former worker joined Core Laboratories and attempted to lure away employees of the rival oil field service firm in violation of an employment agreement.

Senior U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade found that it was not yet clear whether Christopher Bartlett, who left AmSpec to work at Core Laboratories affiliate Saybolt LP, was — as AmSpec alleged — recruiting a former co-worker in violation of his employment contract when he...

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