By Naureen S. Malik
The appointment resulted from his victory in a proxy battle against EQT, which had bought his family’s Rice Energy for $6 billion in 2017. In a meeting with one of the White partners, Rice complained of EQT’s “sweetheart deals,” said “I hate those contracts” and blamed the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back for “stealing my money,” according to the lawsuit.IntegrServ said EQT imposed “false, unrealistic, and illegitimate standards” that weren’t imposed on White suppliers and showed “reckless and callous indifference” to its federally protected right to make and enforce contracts.
The IntegrServ contract was terminated the same month one of its trucks rolled, without causing injury or damage, and a subcontractor to IntegrServ discovered that one of its drivers had a handgun in his truck. The subcontractor immediately confiscated the handgun, informed EQT, and terminated the driver, according to the suit. IntegrServ says it provided a plan to correct these issues and that EQT didn’t acknowledge it. The Bettis brothers say EQT didn’t raise any safety concerns and that their company had been given EQT’s Safety Award.
EQT said it “will vigorously defend” itself, noting that 12% of its $40 million of supplier spending so far this year has gone to more than 100 minority-owned businesses.The case is IntegrServ LLC v. EQT Production Company, Civil Action No. 2:20-cv-1228, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.