Get the latest Chevron Ecuador lawsuit news. This category covers recent 2015 lawsuit news and the latest on Steven Donziger, the attorney that used corrupt means to obtain a 2011 court verdict in Ecuador.
A positive review of a play reconstructing a trial against a high profile environmental campaigner was spiked over fears the production was “dangerous” and not “impartial.” The $18 Billion Prize: The Dark Side of the Environmental Movement, which ended a two week run in San Francisco Sunday, centered on a trial pitting Chevron against attorney Steven Donziger.
What with the Trans Mountain fiasco and flagging foreign investment, the last thing Canada needs is to be seen to be friendly to the attempted enforcement of corrupt judgments from foreign jurisdictions. California-based Chevron Corp. has been fighting such a rancid judgment, from Ecuador, for six years. The latest decision in this saga, delivered by the Ontario Court of Appeal on May 23, confirms that this case is an assault not merely on Chevron but on Canadian law. However, the decision contains much about which to be concerned.
The Supreme Court of Gibraltar awarded the oil company Chevron $38 million Friday for damages related to charges alleging the company contaminated the Amazon region of Ecuador. An Ecuador court issued an $18 billion judgment against Chevron in February 2011 for environmental and social harm the company allegedly caused to the Amazon. Read more>>
A few updates from the Lago Agrio case: The Supreme Court of Gibraltar has entered a default judgment against Pablo Fajardo, the Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia, and others, for approximately $38 million in damages. It also enjoins them from doing anything “in or from Gibraltar for the purpose of assisting or supporting” the LAPs or the enforcement of the Ecuadoran judgment. Read more>>
News about the lawfare campaign waged against Chevron Corp. is coming in regularly, and this news is good for those who believe in the Rule of Law. Following on the heels of this week’s Ontario high court decision, the Supreme Court of Gibraltar issued a default judgment against Messrs. Pablo Fajardo, Luis Yanza, and Ermel Chavez, and against two organizations, Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia (the “Front”) and Servicios Fromboliere, for their role in a conspiracy to procure and attempt to enforce the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. The Gibraltar court awarded Chevron $38 million in damages and issued a permanent injunction preventing defendants from assisting the case against Chevron in any way. Read more>>
Ontario’s top court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that Ecuadorean citizens can’t enforce an Ecuadorean court’s $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. through its Canadian subsidiary, saying it’s a separate corporate entity whose assets can’t be seized to satisfy a judgment against the parent company. Read more>>
The Canadian subsidiary of U.S.-based oil giant Chevron Corp. cannot be held liable for a US$9.5-billion award a court in Ecuador ordered against the parent company in favour of Ecuadorian villagers, Ontario’s top court ruled on Wednesday. Read more>>
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower Canadian court’s determination that an Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation, already found by U.S. courts to have been obtained through fraud and corruption, cannot be enforced against Chevron Canada Limited, an indirect subsidiary. The Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment dismissing all claims against Chevron Canada Limited holding that it is a separate entity from Chevron Corporation and its assets are protected from seizure by those seeking to enforce the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment. The court rejected the Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ arguments as contrary to fundamental principles of Canadian corporate law. Read more>>
SAN RAMON, Calif. – May 17, 2018 — Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) reaffirmed yesterday its rejection of the …
Steven Donziger, the LAPs’ lead American lawyer, has now responded to Chevron’s motion for an order finding him in contempt of court. The response covers two basic topics: the shares in Amazonia, a Gibraltar company set up to disburse proceeds of the Ecuadoran judgment; and Donziger’s attempt to sell an interest in the Ecuadoran judgment to a litigation funder. I am going to focus here on the second issue, which I think is the more interesting issue.
A shocking and at times farcical tale of how an environmental lawsuit turned into the world’s biggest fraud is revealed in a new play. The world premiere of The $18-Billion Prize, based on the true story of rainforest natives and their New York lawyer “fighting for justice” against one of the world’s biggest oil companies, opens May 19 at The Phoenix Theatre, where performances continue through June 3. Read more>>
Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal began hearing a case where a group of Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples are suing Chevron’s Canadian branch in the hopes that a Canadian court will enforce a judgment made by the Ecuadorian government against Chevron’s American parent company. The case has been dismissed by American courts, been denounced as the “legal fraud of the century” by The Wall Street Journal, and the lawyer behind it was found to have engaged in racketeering. But it’s no wonder the case has wound its way up to Canada – the original Ecuadorian settlement is $9.5 billion, the largest of its kind. In the unlikely event that they manage to pull it off, that’s quite of lot of cash to go around for the plaintiffs, lawyers and investors who’ve been bankrolling this endeavour There is one group that presumably won’t share in any of the spoils though. That’s Canadian First Nations. Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was on hand last week to pose for photos with the Ecuadorians who had flown up for the two days of arguments in a Toronto courtroom. Read more>>