Patton Boggs LLP agreed to pay $15 million to settle Chevron Corp’s lawsuit over the law firm’s involvement in obtaining a $9.5 billion judgment against the oil company in Ecuador. Patton Boggs also agreed to withdraw from the Ecuador litigation.
Dentons, a 2,600-lawyer international firm formed a year ago through the combination of Salans LLP, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and SNR Denton, is interested in expanding further through a combination with Patton Boggs LLP.
Chevron Corp. won dismissal of Patton Boggs LLP’s lawsuit accusing the energy company of “malicious prosecution” for suing to bar lawyers from trying to collect on a $9.5 billion judgment a New York judge ruled was a fraud.
James E. Tyrrell Jr., the Patton Boggs LLP litigator who was the key firm partner involved in a lawsuit targeting Chevron Corp. for pollution in Ecuador, joined Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP as a partner in Morristown, New Jersey, and New York.
Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs LLP are merging to create a law firm that will be among the 25 biggest in the world. The firm, to be called Squire Patton Boggs, will have about 1,600 lawyers in 21 countries.