In 2007, Marc Levesconte moved his family from England to Texas. He partnered with the owner of Foxxe Energy to create and establish the Texas-based oil rig business.
"A New York investor plowed so money into a couple of companies and they weren't making any money," Levesconte said. "Our idea was to come over here, create a company, recover those assets into that company, and then turn the company around by putting the rigs to work."
Levesconte said he set the rigs up in Mexico as Foxxe's executive vice president of operations. In a matter of months, a worthless company was turning a profit in the black, worth $60 million.
"After the rigs were up and running, my partner or at least who I thought was my friend pushed me out of the company," he said.
His partner and head of Foxxe Energy, James Stewart, received a multimillion dollar offer. A Canadian company wanted to buy the company. Stewart and Levesconte stood to gain millions, but that's when Stewart abruptly kicked Levesconte to the curb, according to a lawsuit.
"Here's a lawsuit, here's your letter of termination on the same day, and we're going to call the Department of Labor. We're going to turn you in to immigration and by the way, we're going to make sure you don't get unemployment," Levesconte's attorney, Lloyd Kelley, said.
Levesconte, a family man in a foreign land, not only faced bankruptcy but deportation because Foxxe Energy was pulling his work Visa.
"They wanted to kick him out of the country and try to fight him here as if he can't get back in to defend himself and the laws do allow you to come back and defend yourself," Kelly said.
That's what Levesconte did. He took his case to a Harris County court. Thursday afternoon, a jury sided with the man from England. They ordered Foxxe Energy to pay Levesconte $17 million for all he had endured.
"It was like everything was happening in slow motion," Levesconte said. "It was an unbelievable moment. It's really about the vindication about clearing my name and who I am."
James Stewart's attorney, Emma Mata, said her client is not commenting during pending litigation.
Levesconte has since moved out of the country.