May 2018, Vo. 245, No. 5

Legal Perspectives

Texas Energy Sees Uptick in Non-Compete, Trade Secrets Litigation

By Stephen J. Roppolo, Managing Partner,  Fisher Phillips, Houston Texas energy companies have been encouraged by the slow-but-steady recovery of the industry.  Activity in Texas (the Permian Basin, for instance) is more robust than in others, but the general improvement has meant a stronger balance sheet for many employers.  The increased financial stability, however, can mean instability in another aspect of the business – an increase in the number of highly qualified personnel jumping ship to go work for a competitor. Economic downturns tend to discourage employees from leaving current employers mainly because other positions are hard to come by. When conditions improve, employees are e

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