Oil Cos.' Trade Secrets Row 'Waste Of Time,' Judge Says

Law360, Houston (March 24, 2017, 10:01 PM EDT) -- A Texas judge mulling National Oilwell Varco’s requests for sanctions against a Schlumberger unit and the toss of some jury findings following a two-week trade secrets trial scolded both sides during a hearing Friday, telling the competing equipment and service providers in the oil and gas industry that the case represented a waste of time.

The case stems from the departure of Jeff Russo from Schlumberger unit M-I SWACO, where he was a business development manager, to NOV. Russo sued his former employer in April 2014...
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