9th Circ. Judge Won't DQ Self From Saudi Heirs-Chevron Case

Law360 (October 16, 2020, 8:42 PM EDT) -- A Ninth Circuit judge on Thursday denied a request from a group of Saudi heirs to sit out oral arguments regarding enforcement of an $18 billion arbitration award the heirs claim they are owed from Chevron Corp., saying his former firm Perkins Coie LLP's past representation of Chevron provided no basis to reasonably question his impartiality.

In a response to the heirs' Wednesday letter requesting disqualification, U.S. Circuit Judge Eric D. Miller said his prior association with both Perkins and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a firm now representing Chevron, did not meet the threshold for recusal because the firms' representation...

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