The trial court granted a nonresident's special appearance and the court of appeals affirmed. The defendants allegedly committed the tort of misappropriating purported trade secrets from a Texas company concerning a proposed Texas venture during two meetings in Texas. Regardless of the defendants' subjective intent, their Texas contacts are sufficient to confer specific jurisdiction over the defendants as to the trade secrets claim. The tortious interference claims either arise from a meeting in California (which cannot support jurisdiction in Texas) or the formation of a competing enterprise in Texas by an entity not subject to jurisdiction in this proceeding. The court of appeals' judgment is reversed in part, affirmed in part, and remanded to the trial court. Texas Supreme Court, No. 11-0195, 08-30-2013.
Moncrief Oil International Inc. v. OAO Gazprom
Tx. Sup. Ct.
August 30, 2013