More on U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy, Jr.’s ruling:
As he had indicated he would, a federal judge refused on Monday to let Patton Boggs refile previously dismissed allegations that Chevron used intimidation tactics to thwart multibillion environmental claims in Ecuador.
Last month U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy scoffed at the Washington firm’s motion to reconsider his dismissal of its first lawsuit and the motion to amend.
Along with that reconsideration motion, Patton Boggs filed a new complaint that mirrored the action Kennedy refused to enter.
Patton Boggs had hoped the judge would say there is no conflict of interest in its representation of a group of indigenous Ecuadoreans who are trying to hold Chevron liable for decades of oil contamination allegedly caused by Texaco, which Chevron acquired and pulled out of Ecuador in 2001.