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

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.

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    KICK ALL THEIR ASSES CVX !, and then sue them to pay for your legal fees .


    It's about time lawyer's fraud, across the board, gets Punished !


    Hopefully the anti BP lawyers are next .
    31 Mar 2014, 05:49 PM Reply Like
  • Anne Bonney
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    Yes! Yes! Sue them into bankruptcy. Go CVX! About time!
    31 Mar 2014, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • Alex T
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    agree as I am a CVX shareholder.
    31 Mar 2014, 06:28 PM Reply Like
  • JD in NJ
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    I also agree, as a CVX shareholder and a human being.
    1 Apr 2014, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • Alex T
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    1 Apr 2014, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • slam stocks
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    Hoping for a big win. The actions by the lawyer is so outrageously wrong, they bring a level of deceit to another level.
    31 Mar 2014, 08:22 PM Reply Like
  • FleetUSA3226
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    Sock it to 'em!
    31 Mar 2014, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • Jdavis4982
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    I agree with all the commenters above! Go get 'em.
    31 Mar 2014, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • smurf
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    CVX has the resources to drag this out and really hurt Patton Boggs financially, which is what I hope they do. Might send a signal to the other trial law firms out there.
    31 Mar 2014, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • Randy Sommovilla
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    I admire Chevron's tenacity in fighting back against fraudulent extortion by litigation. Chevron's lawyers will have a field day with discovery which will no doubt yield embarrassing information not only about the firm, but also its clients and the politicians and regulators it lobbies.
    It couldn't come at a worse time for the firm. This will surely throw a monkey wrench into its life line pursuit of a merger with much larger Squire Sanders.
    31 Mar 2014, 10:11 PM Reply Like
  • maxflatus
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    I hope these lawyers have very deep pockets. This has been a long journey. Now it's time for payback!
    31 Mar 2014, 10:55 PM Reply Like
  • shark1001
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    The offense is now on the field. And we have an All Star quarterback.
    1 Apr 2014, 07:07 AM Reply Like
  • jpate
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    I agree with the "go get 'em", BUT they are smart lawyers; maybe distribute assets quickly and go broke &/or bankrupt. CVX should immediately a)- request the Judge to get an independent audit of firm and b)- name each individual lawyer as a defendant, not just the firm.
    Same problem with government; e.g., the "IRS" may be guilty of fraud, improper targeting of Adminstration's enemies, but NO ONE is responsible.
    1 Apr 2014, 11:02 PM Reply Like
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