Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Judge Dismisses $4M Lawsuit against Chesapeake

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Judge Dismisses $4M Lawsuit against Chesapeake

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A district judge dismissed a $4 million lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp., agreeing that the drilling giant didn't have to use a specific company's software.

Digital Land Management LLC said in court documents that it provided jointly developed software, trade secrets and intellectual property to Chesapeake for $350,000, discounted well below their $4 million value.

The 2011 venture was the second project between the two Oklahoma companies. The first, in 2009, produced software that was reportedly used by 4,000 employees and contractors.

According to the lawsuit, Chesapeake asked Digital Land Management to pilot-test the software. Digital Land obliged and did so at its own expense.

"(Chesapeake) at no time disclosed to plaintiff that (it) never intended to actually use the jointly developed upgrade and the pilot- tested product" before testing began, according to the lawsuit.

Instead, DLM claimed, Chesapeake secretly used the same programmers and DLM's intellectual property to develop a replacement at the same time. …

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