Fracking Sand Rights Dispute Can't Be Heard In Texas Court

Law360, Houston (July 28, 2017, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A Texas appellate court held Thursday that non-Texas residents who acquired and sold Wisconsin fracking sand mines and related rights aren't subject to jurisdiction in Texas court in a trade secrets suit, even if Texas companies claim to rightfully own the assets and the non-residents knew the sand would be sold to Texas customers.

According to the opinion, 2011 NF Holdings LLC and Northern Frac Proppants LLC — along with its subsidiaries Northern Frac Proppants Series-1 LLC and Northern Frac Proppants Series-2 LLC — launched its trade secrets lawsuit in 2015 against six parties, alleging that Jeffries Alston, a Louisiana engineer,...

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