A federal judge in New York dismissed a suit Patton Boggs filed against Chevron that accused the oil company of bad faith in defending against enforcement of $9.5 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan however let stand Chevron’s counter claims against the legendary District of Columbia-based law firm. Chevron claims Patton Boggs joined in a fraud and coverup related to that same Ecuadorian judgment, Bloomberg Business Week reported.
In February 2011, a court in Ecuador held Chevron liable for pollution in the Amazon rain forest caused by Texaco, before Chevron acquired it.
“Patton Boggs took on the uncharacteristic mission of assisting the victorious New York-based plaintiffs’ attorney, Steven Donziger, in his attempts to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment, which was at one time valued at more than $19 billion,” Business Week said.
Chevron then accused Donziger and Patton Boggs of trying to enforce the Ecuador judgment even though it was tainted by extortion and bribery in Ecuador.
Patton Boggs in turn sued Chevron but has now had its claims dismissed by Judge Kaplan.
In March, Judge Kaplan had ruled that Donziger used fraud and deceit to win the Ecuador pollution verdict against Chevron.
Kaplan issued an order that stopped Donziger from trying to enforce the verdict in the United States.
Donziger denied wrongdoing and has appealed. Chevron asked Judge Kaplan to order Donziger to reimburse the oil company for $32 million in legal fees.
Kaplan also dismissed “all of Patton Boggs’s claims against Chevron and cleared the way for the oil company to move ahead with a trial against Patton Boggs—essentially a follow-up case to the one in which Donziger was found to be corrupt,” Business Week said.
“Kaplan will preside over the case against Patton Boggs, not a promising scenario for the Washington firm,” the report said.