Federal Circuit Affirms Denial of Oil Company’s Attempt to Compel Arbitration Following Loss at Trial

Benton Energy Service Co. (BESCO) has lost its appeal seeking to compel arbitration in a drilling patent dispute against Cajun Services Unlimited LLC. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding a decision from the Eastern District of Louisiana, recently found that BESCO waived its right to arbitration of its claims in light of the extended litigation that took place before BESCO even raised the possibility of arbitration.

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