A bench trial begins on Monday in San Jose in a suit that accuses five major corporations of creating a public nuisance by manufacturing and promoting lead-based paint despite knowledge it was harmful. Ten cities and counties in California are demanding nearly $1 billion in cleanup costs.
Covington represented the Minnesota AG's Office on contingency in a suit accusing 3M of contaminating the state's waterways with PFCs. 3M cried foul, citing Covington's past work on PFC matters for the company.
Patton Boggs is firing back at claims that the firm committed fraud by seeking to enforce a $19 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation.
The case, which Susman Godfrey filed on Monday, has echoes of similar litigation over crop contamination by Bayer AG's genetically modified rice that resulted in a $750 million settlement two years ago.
Siding with plaintiffs in a long-running public nuisance case, a San Jose judge late last week dismissed two motions for summary judgment filed by the nation's major producers of lead paint.
Chevron is going after the largest law firm to represent the plaintiffs who won a $19 billion environmental pollution judgment against the company in Ecuador. In a motion filed on Friday, Chevron alleges that Patton Boggs tried to cover up evidence that the judgment was the product of bribery and ghostwriting.
In its effort to discredit lawyers holding an allegedly fraudulent $19 billion environmental judgment against it, Chevron Corporation has found an unlikely ally: Burford Capital, the world's largest litigation financing company, which in 2010 agreed to invest up to $15 million in the worldwide effort to enforce the mega-judgment.
Steven Donziger, the U.S. plaintiffs lawyer who helped to win a $19 billion environmental judgment against Chevron Corporation in Ecuador, can't bring counterclaims in Chevron's fraud and racketeering case against him, a magistrate judge concluded on Monday.
The bombshells just keep coming in Chevron's fraud and racketeering suit against the plaintiffs lawyers trying to enforce a $19 billion environmental judgment against the company. The latest is courtesy of Boulder-based Stratus Consulting, which said in court papers Friday that it authored the supposedly independent damages report on which the Ecuadorian judgment was based.