For years, the Ecuadorian government, environmental activist groups and calculating lawyers have used images of oil pits, spills and indigenous peoples in the Amazon to mislead the public and pressure Chevron into settling a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the company. Rather than give in to these tactics, Chevron has fought back, exposing the lawsuit as a fraud and holding the purveyors of that fraud accountable.
On Feb. 14, 2011, Steven Donziger had an Ecuadorian court issue a $19 billion judgment against Chevron. Five years later, he has little to show for it. Once viewed as a David-vs.-Goliath victory by a scrappy band of Ecuadorian and U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyers, Donziger’s implausible legal win has been exposed as nothing more than a fraud perpetrated in collusion with Ecuador’s government. Read more>>
The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favor of Chevron Corp., rejecting an attempt by the Republic of Ecuador to nullify, or set aside, several arbitral awards rendered against Ecuador by an international arbitration tribunal that is hearing the company’s claims related to the fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron.
This week, representatives from the Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) became the latest props in the government of Ecuador’s anti-Chevron propaganda campaign in support of the fraudulent lawsuit against the company.
Former judge Alberto Guerra, in testimony before the Tribunal hearing Chevron’s arbitration claim against the Republic of Ecuador, discussed his personal knowledge of judicial corruption perpetrated by U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger and his associates in the Lago Agrio trial. Guerra, the first judge in that case, was himself involved in the illegalities, including attempts to coordinate with Nicolas Zambrano, the last judge in the Lago Agrio trial, the solicitation of bribes related to the final judgment.