Beck Redden Wins $49 Million Verdict in Intellectual Property Dispute

  • October 5, 2018

On October 2, 2018, Beck Redden obtained a $49.2 million judgment on behalf of our client SandBox Logistics. This judgment, which is one of the year's largest verdicts in Harris County, resulted from a four-week trial where a unanimous jury found that defendants Arrows Up and John Allegretti (Arrows Up's CEO) breached their contractual obligations and committed fraud by using information provided by SandBox under a non-disclosure agreement to design and market copycat products.

In addition to monetary damages, the judgment includes a judicial declaration that all of the frac sand shipping containers that Arrows Up has manufactured, sold or leased since January 2015 are "owned solely and exclusively" by SandBox because key features of Arrows Up's containers were derived from SandBox’s design. The judgment awards SandBox title to and possession of Arrows Up's frac sand shipping containers, and it sets up a schedule by which Arrows Up is to deliver those containers to SandBox.

Beck Redden partner Matthew Whitley served as lead counsel for the trial team, which included partner Michael Richardson and associates Leslie Tronche and Seepan Parseghian. Partner Russell Post and associate Parth Gejji provided appellate assistance. The style of the case is Cause No. 2016-03483, SandBox Logistics, LLC et al. v. Arrows Up, Inc., et al., in the 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. A copy of the judgment may be found here.

To read the Law360 article, click here.