Jackson Walker successfully defended its client IPSCO Tubulars Inc. in a breach of contract case brought by Tejas Casing Ltd. At the conclusion of a two-week jury trial, the Jackson Walker trial team secured a judgment in favor of IPSCO, denying any recovery to Tejas on its multimillion-dollar claim and awarding thousands of dollars to IPSCO on its counterclaim.
IPSCO Tubulars is a subsidiary of Moscow-based OAO TMK, one of the world’s largest producers of steel pipe. Plaintiff Tejas Casing Ltd, a Houston-based heat treating, finishing and testing facility, sued IPSCO Tubulars for breach and repudiation of a two-year contract, alleging that IPSCO failed to supply minimum quantities and an alleged premature and unfounded notice of termination for cause.
As a result of thorough trial preparation, including the successful presentation of witnesses and a well-crafted motion for judgment, the Jackson Walker trial team was able to secure a favorable resolution for the client. On April 20, 2012, just before the case went to the jury, U.S. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon issued a final judgment granting IPSCO’s Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law Pursuant to Rule 50(a) in regards to the breach of contract claim, finding that “a reasonable jury would not have a legally sufficient evidentiary bases to find for Tejas Casing Ltd. on this issue.”