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Case: Individual Employment Rights/Free Speech (Tex. App., 7th Dist.)

Sept. 16, 2020, 9:07 PM

A trial court improperly denied Mesquite Services, LLC and Blackwater Rentals, LLC, and their officers’ motion to dismiss under the Texas Citizens Participation Act the trade secret misappropriation and contract claims of a competing oilfield services business in New Mexico, the Texas Court of Appeals, Seventh District found. Because Standard Energy Services’ claims are based on communications by and between Mesquite and Blackwater, their employees, and potential customers and these communications relate to matters of public concern, the court determined that the TCPA’s dismissal process applies to Standard’s claims. The court found that Standard did not present clear and specific...

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