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Foro Energy Secures Trade Secrets Trial Defense Win Against Fellow Houston Co.

A Houston federal judge Tuesday cleared Houston-based Foro Energy of misappropriating trade secrets and breaching a contract with Vita International over technology involving decommissioning work — an aspect of the equipment-removal process — in offshore oil and gas extraction.

The 40-page order, signed by US District Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District of Texas, clears Foro from potential liability amounting to tens of millions of dollars that Houston-based Vita sought. It follows a four-day bench trial in August that was originally scheduled to be heard by a jury, until the Delta variant took storm.

In an email, Bracewell partner Chris Dodson, Foro’s lead attorney, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome.

“For years, Foro Energy contended that the trade-secret and breach-of-contract claims brought by Vita International were baseless,” Dodson said. “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.”

In addition to Dodson, the Houston-based Bracewell team representing Foro included Andrew Zeve, Kyle Mason and Will Moss.

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