Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners James Quinn and David Lender took on a big challenge defending Exxon Mobil against MTBE contamination claims this winter--and not just because they were dispatched to chilly Concord, New Hampshire for nearly four months of trial.
Weeks after Chevron's lawyers at Gibson Dunn filed a bombshell declaration by a former Ecuadorian judge describing an alleged Amazonian shakedown, their adversaries have lined up their own judge to lob similar claims right back at Chevron.
The administrator doling out the $7.8 billion settlement to individuals and businesses harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has responded sharply to BP's effort to block him from awarding what the company insists could amount to billions of dollars in "absurd windfalls."
Patton Boggs, which is locked in a fierce battle to enforce a $19 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron, must allow the oil giant to see documents that the firm claims are privileged, a judge has ruled. Chevron's lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher say the ruling is a crucial boost in their bid to show that the judgment is a titanic fraud.
Chevron and its army of lawyers keep piling on more evidence of fraud and judicial corruption in their U.S. racketeering case against the plaintiffs lawyers who won a $19 billion environmental judgment against the oil giant in Ecuador. But according to counsel for the Amazonian plaintiffs at Patton Boggs, the real problem isn't the judges in Ecuador. It's the one in New York.
An army of lawyers for BP, Transocean, the DOJ and others began staking out their positions at trial on Monday in New Orleans, nearly three years after the catastrophic spill that fouled the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding coastlines.
A federal judge in New Orleans has accepted BP's $4 billion criminal plea agreement over its role in the catastrophic 2010 oil spill that fouled the Gulf of Mexico. But BP's lawyers still have plenty of work to do managing the company's massive liabilities over the disaster.
Ever since a judge in Ecuador hit Chevron with a $19 billion judgment for allegedly fouling the jungles of the country's Lago Agrio region, the oil giant has claimed it's the victim of a hopelessly corrupt legal system. But even Chevron's lawyers at Gibson Dunn must have been bowled over by Monday's admission from one of the trial judges in the case.