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Texas energy consulting firm claims in-house legal counsel was "mole"

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By Marian Johns | Mar 26, 2020

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HOUSTON — A Texas energy consulting firm is claiming its former in-house legal counsel funneled confidential information to their opposition in a legal dispute and worked to undermine their litigation.  

Boxley Group LLC filed a complaint  March 12 in the Harris County District Court against Michael Harrison alleging breach of contract, violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas Theft Liability Act, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Boxley hired Harrison in June of 2016 as their in-house legal counsel. They allege that Harrison "prioritized his friendship" with one of the former principals of Boxley who was involved in a legal dispute with the company over intellectual property. They allege Harrison, who was supposed to be representing Boxley, served as a "mole" and provided the former principal with confidential and financial information as a way to undermine the company. 

Boxley seeks monetary relief or more than $1 million, trial by jury, interest and all other just relief. They are represented by Kevin Pennell and Victoriya Vidma of The Pennell Law Firm PLLC in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2020-16780

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