Texas High Court To Weigh Shell FCPA Defamation Suit

By Jess Krochtengel (August 22, 2014, 7:09 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Shell Oil Co.'s argument it shouldn't have to face defamation charges from a former employee the company reported to federal authorities as potentially responsible for a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violation at a Nigerian oil and gas project.

Shell is appealing a lower court ruling that cleared the way for former employee Robert Writt to continue pursuing defamation claims against the energy titan, and argues its internal-investigation report, turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice, is absolutely privileged. Writt contends Shell should be held responsible for damaging his reputation when the...

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