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.
This column has provided a detailed history of the attempt to extort billions from Chevron. This effort, ostensibly meant to benefit Ecuadorean nationals who were most likely injured by an Ecuadorean state corporation, failed lamentably. Conspirators attempted in vain to enforce in the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Gibraltar the fraudulent judgment they obtained against Chevron in Ecuador. An exhaustive review by renowned federal judge Lewis A Kaplan in the Southern District of New York found that Steven Donziger, the spearhead of the suit against Chevron, engaged in multiple acts of racketeering. An international arbitration panel has forbidden efforts to enforce the Ecuadorean judgment elsewhere. And Donziger has been suspended from the Bar in New York State and in the District of Columbia, which as far as I know are the only jurisdictions where he was authorized to practice law. Read more>>
While the years-long tale of the Chevron Shakedown has mostly drawn to a close (with Chevron as the clear winner and the would-be conspirators being the losers), there was another interesting development in the story last month. You likely recall the New York attorney who helped mastermind the entire scheme, working in concert with corrupt judges and government officials in Ecuador. His name is Steven Donziger. He assembled the army of environmental activists who joined in on the assault, as well as the herd of “investors” who put up money to cover the costs of bringing the suit with the expectation of receiving a cut of the haul when Chevron paid them off. Read more>>
On Sept. 14, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspended attorney Steven R. Donziger from practicing law in Washington, D.C., effective immediately. The court’s decision comes shortly after the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court suspended Donziger’s license in the state of New York in July. Considering New York and Washington, D.C., were the only jurisdictions in which Donziger was licensed to practice law, he is no longer allowed to practice law at all. Both decisions come as a result of Donziger’s allegedly illegal and unethical activity. Read more>>
At the moment no one can feel like the candidate elected by his party for the sectional elections next March, despite the advance announcements made by their parties or political movements in previous months. Those who decided to start their campaign tours are still only pre-candidates. His nomination will be final after the primary elections that each party and movement must hold. That is a mandatory requirement established in the Code of Democracy. Read more>>
James Craig is a spokesman for the US oil company Chevron and argues that if the plaintiffs succeed in executing the Lago Agrio ruling in any country, Ecuador must compensate Chevron. Read more>>
Amazonia Recovery Ltd. was a Gibraltar company set up to hold the proceeds of the Lago Agrio judgment, or maybe the judgment itself. As I’ve reported previously, Chevron obtained a default judgment against the firm in Gibraltar, and in the New York RICO case, the final judgment required Steven Donziger, the LAPs’ American lawyer, to execute a stock power assigning to Chevron his interest in Amazonia. This injunction has led to a strange satellite litigation. Chevron claimed that Donziger, when executing the stock power, had attached an “addendum” that asserted that the transfer of the shares was impermissible. The addendum asserted that the Amazonia entity was “null and void,” and perhaps that it did not even exist anymore. Judge Kaplan therefore made a very specific order, requiring Donziger to provide the stock power without any addendum, signed and acknowledged before a notary. There was some more skirmishing—I have read the papers so you don’t have to. Read more>>
Chevron Corp. told a New York federal court on Monday that attorney Steven Donziger, who helped procure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in Ecuador over pollution in the Amazon, should be jailed if he continues refusing to transfer his interest in the proceeds of that judgment to Chevron. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan had reiterated last month that Donziger had to transfer to Chevron his interest in a Gibraltar-based company called Amazonia Recovery Ltd., which had been formed to collect and distribute any proceeds from the $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment. The order followed up on a directive the judge had made in an opinion issued in the case more than four years ago, in which he concluded that the $9.5 billion ruling had been “ghostwritten” by Donziger and other members of the legal team who represented indigenous Ecuadorians in a lawsuit against Chevron over extensive environmental damage in the Amazon decades ago. The key findings of that decision were largely echoed in a ruling issued by an international tribunal in The Hague late last month. Read more>>
Well, folks, the book is closing on this massive conspiracy, and I for one am glad that Chevron didn’t cave, didn’t agree to settle, and never “bought the peace” from attorneys Donziger and Fajardo. For on September 7, 2018 an international tribunal administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague unanimously issued an award in favor of Chevron and its indirect subsidiary, Texaco Petroleum Company (TexPet). Read more>>
Chevron Corp. said on Friday an international tribunal ruled in its favor in an environmental dispute with Ecuador, finding the South American nation had violated its obligations under international treaties. The tribunal unanimously held that a $9.5 billion pollution judgment by Ecuador’s Supreme Court against Chevron “was procured through fraud, bribery and corruption and was based on claims that had been already settled and released by the Republic of Ecuador years earlier.” Read more>>
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled in favor of oil giant Chevron and declared Ecuador guilty of violating a bilateral investment treaty signed with the United States in 1997, of withholding justice from the company, and for not providing Chevron with “just and equitable” treatment. The announcement was made Friday morning by Ecuador’s Solicitor General Iñigo Salvador, who gave a statement on the main points of the ruling in a press conference.
An UNCITRAL tribunal has ruled that a US$9.5 billion Ecuadorean court judgment that held Chevron liable for environmental contamination in the Amazon was procured through fraud and violated Ecuador’s obligations under international law. In a 521-page partial award released today, a tribunal administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague unanimously upheld claims by Chevron and its subsidiary Texaco Petroleum that Ecuador committed a denial of justice under customary international law and the US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.
Chevron Corp said on Friday an international tribunal ruled in its favor in an environmental dispute with Ecuador, finding the South American nation had violated its obligations under international treaties.