Judge disqualifies Covington & Burling from Minnesota's suit against 3M

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Judge disqualifies Covington & Burling from Minnesota’s suit against 3M

Judge disqualifies Covington & Burling from Minnesota’s suit against 3M

Yes, this is the same firm US Attorney General Eric Holder & Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department criminal division were partners of.

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A state judge in Minneapolis ruled Thursday that Covington & Burling cannot represent the state of Minnesota in an environmental lawsuit against the law firm’s onetime client 3M Co.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Robert Blaeser disqualified Covington from the case due to the firm’s prior work for 3M on regulatory matters involving fluorochemical products. The Minnesota lawsuit had likewise involved fluorochemicals, creating a conflict, the judge said.

“Covington has exhibited a conscious disregard for its duties of confidentiality, candor, full disclosure, and loyalty to 3M by failing to raise its conflicts arising from the fact that it previously advised and represented 3M on (fluorochemical) matters,” Blaeser wrote.

The ruling followed five months of legal bickering between Covington, the prestigious Washington law firm, and 3M, the Fortune 500 company behind Scotch Tape and Post-it products.

A separate lawsuit by 3M against Covington arising out of the Minnesota case is pending in Minnesota state court.

[REUTERS]

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One Response to “Judge disqualifies Covington & Burling from Minnesota’s suit against 3M”

  1. Sarah says:

    Former OCC Chief John Dugan is currently employed there.
    “John Dugan’s sole priority and all of his passion as OCC director [was to] pre-empt state efforts to protect us from predatory lenders,” Bill Black once said.

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