INADMISSIBLE: Patton Boggs Abandons Ecuador Case

The National Law Journal


What does the $15 million settlement Patton Boggs reached with Chevron Corp. last week mean for the teetering law firm? Foremost, it wipes away a problem — rooted in the firm's fight against Chevron over environmental damage claims in Ecuador. Plus more in this week's column.

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  • Darren McKinney

    That a presitgious firm like Patton Boggs would have gotten within 10 miles of Steve Donziger‘s fraudulent litigation scheme, which Clinton-appointed federal Judge Lewis Kaplan found to include coercion, bribery, money laundering and other misconduct, is truly astounding. Such involvement suggests that fraud and deception have, quite troublingly, become far too common and quietly accepted, even among some elite elements of the legal profession.

    So, like Chevron, CSX, Feld Entertainment and Garlock, a growing number of companies that have been targeted by fraudulent litigation are beginning to fight back with the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act -- a statute originally designed as a tool for prosecuting organized crime. But why are these fraud victims left alone to defend themselves? Why are bar associations, state attorneys general, the Justice Department and Congress seemingly content to look the other way? Have they no interest in investigating and punishing those who perpetrate fraud on our courts?

    -Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

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