Oilfield Service Co.'s Billing Dispute Isn't 'Public Concern'

Law360 (March 26, 2020, 6:22 PM EDT) -- An oilfield service company's fight with a former business partner over billing practices and an audit is a “private business dispute” and not a matter of “public concern” that could allow for dismissal of the suit under a state free speech law, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

The First Court of Appeals in Houston affirmed a trial court’s ruling that largely left intact the claims brought by Cahoon Enterprises LLC against Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC, a company that provides mats used in fracking operations.

Newpark had argued that Cahoon’s claims — for trade secret misappropriation, violations of the...

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