Fraud. Bribery. False allegations. Learn the facts behind the “legal fraud of the century.”
The fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador began over 20 years ago. A group of lawyers and activists concocted a plan to extort billions from Chevron. In 2011, an Ecuadorian court issued a judgement against Chevron for $19 billion, but evidence of rampant fraud and misconduct were revealed. In 2014, a U.S. Court found that the lawyers behind the case violated federal racketeering laws, committing mail and wire fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
“The wrongful actions of [Steven] Donziger and his Ecuadorian legal team would be offensive to the laws of any nation that aspires to the rule of law, including Ecuador – and they knew it.”U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 3/4/14
Bribing and threatening judges and court officials
Steven Donziger and the plaintiffs’ lawyers opened a secret account to give $100,000 in bribes and hush money to the supposedly independent court expert, promised a $500,000 bribe to a judge to rule in their favor, and plotted to intimidate judges into handing down favorable rulings.
Fabricating environmental evidence
The plaintiffs’ lawyers misled their environmental experts, misused these experts’ work and forged signatures. They forced the court, by threatening the judge with a sexual harassment complaint, to appoint an “independent” global damages expert, who would work covertly for them.
Ghostwriting the judgment and colluding with the Ecuadorian government
The plaintiffs’ lawyers wrote the judgment against Chevron themselves, and colluded with the Government of Ecuador to advance the case.