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Texas Court Finds Out-of-State Defendant With Majority Ownership in Texas-Based Entity Not Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Texas

EnerQuest Oil & Gas, L.L.C. v. Antero Resources Corporation, No. 02-18-000178CV, 2019 BL 130860 (Tex. App. - Fort Worth Apr. 11, 2019)

Author: Sophia L. Cahill

5/23/2019

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Texas Court Finds Out-of-State Defendant With Majority Ownership in Texas-Based Entity Not Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Texas

A Texas appellate court recently found that an out-of-state Oklahoma-based limited liability company was not subject to personal jurisdiction in Texas for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets claims.

The underlying action involved an investment company’s claim against seven defendants in the 141st District Court in Tarrant County, Texas, alleging fraud and other causes of action and seeking disgorgement of approximately $225,000.00 in illegal profits. Non-party Antero Resources Corporation (Antero), a corporation headquartered in Colorado engaged in the oil and gas exploration business in West Virginia, filed a motion to intervene in the underlying action because it believed that the investment company sought profits, which were generated by the misappropriation of Antero’s trade secrets.

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