N.Y. judge lets Chevron bring fraud claims against Patton Boggs

|About: Chevron Corporation (CVX)|By:, SA News Editor

A New York judge will allow Chevron (CVX) to sue Patton Boggs over claims the D.C. law and lobbying firm engaged in fraud while trying to enforce a multibillion-dollar environmental judgment for a group of Ecuadorean villagers.

CVX accuses Patton Boggs of actively working to mislead courts and the public by, among other things, hiding the fact that consultants hired by the plaintiff's legal team had written large parts of the report supporting the damage award.

Last month, the judge ruled that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that the plaintiff's legal team had used bribery, fraud and extortion in pursuit of the judgment.