Consulting Co. Can't Sue Contractor For Switching Firms

Law360 (November 24, 2020, 9:06 PM EST) -- A Texas appellate court on Tuesday declined to revive an oil and gas consulting company's breach of contract lawsuit against a former independent contractor, finding the consulting company's noncompete clause was unenforceable.

The three-judge panel of the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana denied Titan Oil & Gas Consultants LLC's bid to overturn a lower court's dismissal of its claims against David W. Willis and competitor RigUp Inc.

Willis, who works for hydrocarbon explorer Apache Corp., switched his insurance and payroll services from Titan to RigUp. Titan claimed that by going to RigUp, Willis would expose confidential information from Titan and Apache's...

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