HOUSTON – In a trade-secret showdown over a deployment wheel concept used for offshore oil and gas decommissioning work, Bracewell LLP obtained a complete take-nothing, defense judgment on behalf of Foro Energy following a four-day bench trial in federal court. On January 4, US District Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District of Texas sided with Foro, represented by Bracewell partners Chris Dodson and Andrew Zeve, finding that the concept at issue was not a trade secret, that no misappropriation had occurred, and that Foro did not breach its non-disclosure agreement with plaintiff Vita International. Vita International, represented by Tony Buzbee and Peter Taaffe of the Buzbee Law Firm, had sought tens of millions of dollars in damages from Foro.
“For years, Foro Energy contended that the trade-secret and breach-of-contract claims brought by Vita International were baseless. Foro Energy is grateful for the opportunity to have its day in court and to establish once and for all that these claims were entirely without merit. Foro Energy looks forward to continuing its work with its private and public partners on developing sustainable high power laser applications for the geothermal, mining, and oil and gas industry to meet the worlds future energy demands,” said Dodson, who led the trial team on behalf of Foro Energy.
Bracewell lawyers involved in the litigation included:
Partners: Christopher L. Dodson and Andrew W. Zeve
Associates: William A. Moss and Kyle A. Mason