Mine Co. Hits Carbo With Fracking Antitrust Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (August 5, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT) -- C-E Minerals Inc., a supplier of a key mineral used in chemicals for oil and natural gas extraction, filed an antitrust suit in Georgia federal court Thursday accusing customer Carbo Ceramics Inc. of using a noncompete provision in a supply contract to illegally restrict competition.

C-E, which owns and operates an Anderson, Ga., mine that extracts and processes kaolin clay, signed an agreement in June 2003 to supply a least 70 percent of Carbo’s requirements for the mineral from Jan. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2010....
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