Oil firm accuses rival of raiding its workforce in Alabama

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A company that provides inspection, monitoring and testing services for a Chevron refinery along the Gulf coast says in a new federal lawsuit that a rival firm is raiding its workforce.

Houston-based Core Laboratories and its affiliated company, Saybolt LP, say rival AmSpec LLC is trying to steal away key employees in order to take over lucrative projects with Chevron.

Saybolt’s lawyers say in court documents that AmSpec unfairly lured its employees away so it can gain a foothold in the Mobile, Alabama, area and do business with Chevron, which operates a large refinery in nearby Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Saybolt has an office in Saraland, Alabama, and the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in south Alabama.

Representatives for New Jersey-based AmSpec did not immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday.

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10/13/2016 3:20:15 PM (GMT -5:00)


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