National Oilwell's Trade Secrets Case Weak: Jury

Law360, New York (May 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Houston jury has shot down National Oilwell Varco LP's lawsuit against rival oil field supply company A&B Valve & Piping LP and four former employees that alleged A&B raided its workforce to obtain confidential information to solicit employees and customers.

Following a four-week trial and about four hours of deliberation, the jurors decided Wednesday that A&B and employees Connie Dobson, Martin Willmore, Tara Kolar and Linda Urbanek had not misappropriated NOV's trade secrets.

The jury also found in the defendants' favor on claims that they...
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