Jackson Walker Wins Courtroom Victory for IPSCO Tubulars

May 21, 2012 | Client Results

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.”

The Jackson Walker trial team was led by attorneys Tim Leonard and Glen Boudreaux, with support from Lonnie Schooler.