The cost of fraud just went up for Steven Donziger. A U.S. federal court in New York has ordered Donziger, mastermind of the Ecuadorian racketeering and fraud scheme against Chevron Corp., to pay the company $813,603 for his share of court fees from his 2013 RICO trial.
2017 turned out to be a devastating year for the lawyers and activist groups behind the legal fraud of the century.
Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) unanimously rejected an attempt to enforce a fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation on Wednesday, November 29, citing a lack of jurisdiction. The fraudulent judgment has now been rejected in Argentina, Brazil and the United States.
An Argentine court has dismissed an attempt to enforce a fraudulent $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation in the country.
Today, Reporting Justice Luis Felipe Salomão, of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ), issued his vote rejecting the attempted recognition of the $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation. Justice Salomão cited a lack of jurisdiction and extensive evidence of fraud and corruption that would make its recognition a violation of public policy.
Ecuadorian plaintiffs have hit yet another stumbling block in their attempt to enforce the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment in Canada.
The United States Supreme Court has denied a certiorari petition seeking review of a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirming extensive district court findings that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation was the product of fraud and racketeering activity, and unenforceable in the United States.
What happens when a lawyer bribes a corrupt judge in Ecuador to issue a US$19-billion judgment against a major oil and gas company in America, and then fails to have the Ecuadorian judgment recognized in the United States because it was secured via “corruption” and “fraud”? The logical step is to attempt to have the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment enforced in Canada against completely uninvolved Canadian subsidiaries.
The United States Appeals Court for the Second Circuit has denied the petitions from Steven Donziger and the Lago Agrio Plaintiffs (LAPs) seeking a rehearing of an August decision in which a three judge panel unanimously affirmed the racketeering judgment against Donziger and the LAPs.
“If you repeat a lie a thousand times, it becomes the truth.” – Steven Donziger
That is the motto that Steven Donziger, the American lawyer who orchestrated a fraud and extortion scheme against Chevron, once confided to a member of his legal team.
Last week, Steven Donziger and his team sought to downplay their defeat before the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, focusing instead on Canada, where they hope to convince a court to recognize their fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron. Before exuding too much confidence, they may want to read what noted Canadian observers have had to say about their case.
Wall Street Journal editorial “In a 127-page opinion, Judge Amalya Kearse said the court “found no basis for dismissal or …