The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma dismisses claims of monopolization against a supplier of drilling fluids based on an alleged refusal to deal (M-I)

On March 4, 2013, a federal district court in Oklahoma dismissed monopolization claims brought by TKO Energy Services (TKO) against M-I and its affiliated companies (TKO Energy Services LLC v. M-I LLC, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 4:12-cv-00108-GKF-PJC 2013). Since this was before the court on a motion to dismiss the complaint, all factual allegations were taken as true for purposes of ruling on the motion. According to the complaint, defendant M-I is both a retailer and wholesaler of drilling fluids, which are used in oil and gas wells to facilitate the drilling process. Drilling fluids are created by adding bentonite, barite, caustic soda, and sodium carbonate with water, oil or synthetics. Two companies – M-I and Baroid Industrial Drilling Products – largely

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George Hay, The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma dismisses claims of monopolization against a supplier of drilling fluids based on an alleged refusal to deal (M-I), 4 March 2013, e-Competitions March 2013, Art. N° 51464

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