Exxon Says Free Speech Right Nixes Worker's Defamation Suit

Law360, Dallas (October 22, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT) -- ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. on Wednesday asked a Texas appellate court to throw out a fired employee’s defamation suit under a state free speech law, arguing that an internal conversation between the man’s supervisors was protected speech.

The Exxon unit says a trial judge wrongly declined its request for early dismissal of a case brought by Travis Coleman, a terminal technician responsible for maintenance, offloading shipments from trucks and recording the storage volumes of petroleum tanks. Coleman was fired after about two years on the job for failing to check the level of a tank and instead copying the volume from the...

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