Tube Cos. Say Trade Secret Spat Deserves Court Injunction

Law360 (April 12, 2021, 8:31 PM EDT) -- Two U.S. tube companies urged a Texas federal court to not send their dispute over tube connection trade secrets to arbitration, since their agreement with a Russian oil and gas pipe manufacturer says they can request a preliminary injunction before arbitration.

IPSCO Tubulars Inc. and Ultra Premium Services LLC sued Tubnaya Metallurgicheskaya Kompaniya — also known as PAO TMK — for allegedly using their licensing agreement to appropriate steel tube connector designs to make a competing product.

The Texas-based companies wrote in their Friday response to PAO TMK's motion to compel arbitration that the Russian company's request is "unpersuasive" due to their...

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