Beck Redden defended multiple State Farm companies in a lawsuit brought by a former State Farm agent alleging claims of malicious prosecution, business disparagement, fraud, tortious interference with business relations, trade secret theft pursuant to the Texas Theft Liability Act, and conspiracy. All of these claims arose from disclosures that State Farm made to the Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) concerning fraudulent insurance acts State Farm reasonably suspected were committed by the former agent and his company.

Beck Redden’s Eric J.R. Nichols argued on summary judgment that these disclosures were mandatory under the Texas Insurance Code and could therefore not be the basis of civil liability. Nichols further argued that dismissal of all the former agent’s claims was warranted given the lack of any evidence of damages. The Court agreed and granted summary judgment in favor of State Farm on all the former agent’s claims. Nichols was assisted by Chris Cowan.