Unpublished comments that an attorney allegedly made to a Forbes magazine reporter are the basis of a defamation suit that a Dallas businessman filed recently against two natural gas companies with which he formerly did business.

Dennis G. McLaughlin III alleges in his original petition in McLaughlin v. Duke Energy Trading and Marketing LLC and Duke Energy Field Services LLC, n/k/a DCP Midstream GP LLC that statements Houston solo John C. Wynne made to reporter Daniel Fisher constitute slander per se. According to the petition, the statements are “injurious to McLaughlin’s occupation and business operations and/or impute a crime was committed by McLaughlin.”