September 16, 2014
Pearson Legal

Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. Wins $19 Million Verdict on Behalf of Shale Exploration for Montana Oil and Gas Dispute

Jury finds for Shale Exploration, LLC and awards compensatory and punitive damages against Eagle Oil and Gas on misappropriation of trade secrets claim.

Houston, Texas (September 16, 2014) – A Harris County jury returned a $19 million verdict for Shale Exploration LLC, a Ft. Worth-based oil and gas exploration company, finding that Dallas-based Eagle Oil & Gas had stolen part of a proprietary oil and gas prospect developed by Shale in Montana called the Jayhawk. Cause No. 2012-25694; Shale Exploration, LLC v. Eagle Oil & Gas Co. and Eagle Wes-Tex, LP; In the 152nd Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas.

Gravely & Pearson attorneys, Matthew R. Pearson and Valerie L. Cantu, represented Shale Exploration, LLC. After a two and half week trial, the jury found Eagle Oil and Gas breached a confidentiality and non-circumvention agreement with Shale, and that Eagle unlawfully took trade secrets and proprietary information about Shale’s prospect for its own use. The jury awarded Shale $14.3 million in compensatory damages and $4.5 million in punitive damages for Eagle’s malicious conduct. Eagle was represented by Bruce and Ira Bowman of the Dallas-based firm, Godwin Lewis, LP.

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