Merger Wrinkle Sends Halliburton IP Suit To Arbitration

Law360, New York (July 30, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT) -- A judge has sent a patent suit lodged by Halliburton Energy Services Inc. against rival BJ Services Co. over rock fracturing techniques to arbitration, finding that an earlier dispute resolution agreement struck between Halliburton and BJ’s recent acquirer Baker Hughes Inc. applies to the case.

Judge T. John Ward issued a ruling on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas finding that the 1999 agreement between Halliburton and Baker Hughes, struck about a decade before the lawsuit filing and the April...
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