Judge gives Chevron OK to sue Patton Boggs

The troubles continue for Patton Boggs, the influential Washington, D.C. law and lobbying firm. A federal judge has given Chevron Corp. permission to sue the law firm over its part in a controversial environmental lawsuit against the energy company in Ecuador, according to an article on Forbes.com.

In early March, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that attorney Steven Donziger could not collect on a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. Kaplan said the verdict was obtained by fraud.

On Monday, Kaplan ruled that Chevron could move ahead with a counterclaim against Patton Boggs, according to Forbes.com. The law firm had argued that Chevron waited too long to file the counterclaim and that the federal court in New York lacked jurisdiction because some of the defendant lawyers live outside the country.

Patton Boggs was founded in the late 1960s by Chairman Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a member of what was then one of Washington’s, not to mention Louisiana’s, most connected political families. Boggs is the son of Hale and Lindy Boggs.

But the Patton Boggs firm has recently suffered some setbacks, with revenue declining and partners leaving and a proposed merger in the works.