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Case of the Day: DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration

John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria. Credit: Hys69s
The case of the day is DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 2014). John Paul DeJoria and Maghreb Petroleum Exploration were partners in a Moroccan oil venture. In 2002, MPE sued DeJoria in Morocco, alleging that DeJoria had fraudulently misrepresented the value of his business in order to induce MPE to invest in it. The facts were complicated, but suffice it to say that the Moroccan royal family had reason to want DeJoria to lose. In 2009, the Moroccan court entered a judgment for more than $120 million against DeJoria. DeJoria then sued in Texas for a declaration that the Moroccan judgment was not entitled to recognition in Texas.
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