The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered another blow to Patton Boggs when it reaffirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Chevron Corp. and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
The opinion, published Friday, reaffirmed U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy Jr.'s rejection of the case in August of last year. Patton appealed in December.
"At the same time that it filed its motion for reconsideration, Patton Boggs took the unusual step of filing a new, separate complaint asserting claims identical to those in the original lawsuit," Judge Thomas Griffith wrote on behalf of Chief Judge David Sentelle and Judge Janice Rogers Brown. "Patton Boggs had also failed to properly state a cause of action with its new theory."
Patton also sought a declaratory judgment that the firm could not be disqualified from representing the Ecuadorians because of its acquisition of the lobbying shop called Breaux Lott Leadership Group, which had previously done work for Chevron.