WAPO picks up on Chevron trying to disqualify Patton Boggs b/c of Trent Lott

has been called into question as a possible conflict of interest by the firm’s opposing counsel in a decades-long, multi-billion-dollar environmental lawsuit that pits Ecuadorian plaintiffs against Chevron.

The disagreement is the latest turn of events in a bitterly fought legal battle in Ecuador and the United States that has led to allegations of attorney misconduct on both sides. Experts say the recent conflict-of-interest assertion also highlights how the murky patchwork of state-level rules guiding the ethical responsibilities of lobbyists and lawyers who co-exist under the same shingle remains open to interpretation, despite recent attempts at clarification.

Washington Post
11/29/10