Jackson Walker successfully defended ExxonMobil Chemical Company (Exxon) against an injunction sought in federal court in Houston.
The plaintiff, with which Exxon has an agreement requiring arbitration of workplace complaints, claimed to have no knowledge that Exxon had begun assigning newly trained employees to specific tasks in the workplace and sent a grievance about the practice to arbitration. While arbitration was pending, the plaintiff also filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas requesting an injunction against the company to keep it from continuing the complained-of practice.
Exxon moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because the plaintiff failed to state a valid exception to the anti-injunction provisions contained in the National Labor Relations Act. The Court granted the motion in February, and the plaintiff declined to appeal the decision.
Houston partner Chip Babcock and Houston associate Joel Glover represented Exxon in the case.
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Charles L. Babcock is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney. Chip’s practice experience includes bet-the-company litigation, First Amendment litigation, commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, government investigations, media litigation, and appellate litigation. In addition to receiving the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation, Chip has been named a “25 Greatest Texas Lawyer of the Past Quarter Century” by Texas Lawyer and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Joel R. Glover is an attorney in the Houston office who advocates for clients across the country. Joel’s experience includes representing clients in high-stakes commercial litigation, copyright infringement litigation, individual and corporate fiduciary litigation, and media litigation. Joel was recognized in Thomson Reuters’ 2018 “Rising Stars” list.
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