Ex-Schlumberger GC Says Trade Secrets Suit Is Frivolous

Law360, Houston (April 25, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT) -- Houston-based Schlumberger Ltd.'s former general counsel for intellectual property said Thursday that the oilfield services giant's suit accusing her of misappropriating trade secrets before going to work for Acacia Research Group is frivolous and should be dismissed.

Charlotte Rutherford says the company is simply retaliating against her because an Acacia subsidiary sued Schlumberger after she joined the patent licensing firm and that the suit should be dismissed under the Texas Citizens' Participation Act, a state law designed to protect free speech.

"Immediate dismissal is mandatory unless Schlumberger provides 'clear and specific' evidence to support every element of every claim," Rutherford argued...

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