Judges Order Performance Pulsation Control to Pay Sigma Drilling Technologies Damages in Failed Appeal

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Sigma Drilling Technologies (Sigma) has been awarded sanctions against Performance Pulsation Control (PPC) including repayment of legal fees as the Fifth District of Texas Court of Appeals finds PPC’s claims against Sigma are unwarranted.

“This ruling ultimately vindicates my clients. The wheels of justice move slow, but truth and justice will prevail.” Said attorney Greg Ziegler of Dallas-based Macdonald Devin P.C.

The Court of Appeals, Fifth District of Texas at Dallas’ Justices Evans, Boatright, and O’Neill reviewed PPC’s complaint against Sigma and Justin Manley after the 416th Judicial District Court had rejected PPC's lawsuit twice before.

Justice David Evans rendered his opinion on December 17, 2018 stating “there was evidence Sigma owned the disk molding process for the CFC Kit. That evidence, when combined with other evidence that PPC was trying to reverse engineer the product, supported Sigma’s lawsuit.”

The court has found Sigma’s and Manley’s request for sanctions against PPC for bringing an unwarranted appeal “without any reasonable basis” and Rule 45 permits an award of damages to the prevailing party, in this case Sigma Drilling Technologies and Justin Manley. Justice Evans wrote. “Our decision to grant appellate sanctions is a matter of discretion that we exercise with caution and careful deliberation and only in truly egregious circumstances.”

“This ruling ultimately vindicates my clients. The wheels of justice move slow, but truth and justice will prevail.” Said attorney Greg Ziegler of Dallas-based Macdonald Devin P.C.

Sigma Drilling Technologies engineers, designs, and manufacturer advanced pulsation control equipment for the 21st century oil & gas exploration market. With multiple patents and trademarks filed with the USPTO, Sigma has become known for their advanced systems of pulsation dampeners and suction stabilizers, including the renowned Charge Free Conversion Kit and the Acoustic Assassin.

The case is Performance Pulsation Control, Inc. and Status Flow, Inc. v. Sigma Drilling Technologies, LLC and Justin Manley – No. 05-17-01423-CV – Filled in the Fifth District of Texas at Dallas. For more information, visit http://www.sigmadrillingtech.com

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