Schlumberger Is Not A New Normal In Trade Secret Cases

Law360, New York (October 7, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT) -- In a novel application of the Texas Citizens' Participation Act, Harris County District Judge R.K. Sandill dismissed trade secret claims brought by Schlumberger against its former in-house lawyer Charlotte Rutherford in Schlumberger Ltd. v. Rutherford. While this prompted some commentators — including those quoted in a Sept. 9 Law360 article titled "Schlumberger Ruling Raises Bar for Trade Secret Claims" — to declare a "sky-is-falling" scenario, a closer examination reveals that this case clearly represents an outlier rather than a new normal....

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