Praxair, Inc. v. Airgas, Inc. (Superior Court of North Carolina)

Eimer Stahl represented an industrial gas company in bringing claims against competitor Airgas, Inc. for tortiously interfering with a Right of First Refusal to purchase North Carolina packaged gas distributor National Welders.  The company alleged that the "Joint Venture Agreement" entered into between Airgas and National Welders was a sham and violated its Right of First Refusal.  The company claimed in excess of $100 million in damages, defeated motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, and ultimately resolved the lawsuit in a settlement with Airgas.