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.
There is always a latest chapter in the Legal Fraud of the Century, which is the story of a determined leftist environmentalist cabal’s attempt to shake down of Chevron for many billions over bogus claims.
Regular readers of this column should be happy, but not surprised, to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a request to review a ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation.
Canada’s Supreme Court has declined to review a decision that a group of Ecuadorians can’t go after a Canadian Chevron subsidiary’s assets to satisfy an embattled $9.5 billion pollution judgment, but the plaintiffs remained undeterred, saying they’ll continue enforcement efforts against the parent company.
Chevron Corp. told a New York federal judge Wednesday that new evidence proves attorney Steven Donziger flouted an order barring …
Back in November I noted a decision in the disciplinary case against Steven Donziger: the referee who was to decide the sanction Donziger will face had ruled that although Judge Kaplan’s findings of fact had had preclusive effect with respect to the question whether Donziger had violated the rules of professional conduct, the findings should not have preclusive effect with respect to the sanction. In other words, Donziger should be entitled to put on evidence to prove that Judge Kaplan’s findings were wrong at the hearing to be held on his sanction.
Over 25 years ago, Texaco Petroleum (“TexPet”) operated a consortium along with an Ecuadorian state-owned company, Petroecuador. In connection with its exit from that country in 1992, TexPet entered into a number of Settlement-and-Release Agreements with the government of Ecuador, under which the government agreed to release TexPet from all liability for various environmental claims in exchange for TexPet’s remediation of the area. TexPet funded the remediation, which the government of Ecuador supervised and confirmed in a 1998 release agreement. [Petroecuador continued, however, to operate and exploit the area, likely causing the environmental troubles that remain.] Notwithstanding these agreements, in May 2003 a group of individuals in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, sued Chevron (the acquirer of TexPet) for damage allegedly caused by TexPet. Read more>>
An attorney who was suspended from practicing law after it was determined that he and his partners had been complicit in acts of “coercion, fraud and bribery” is still profiting from a judgment he obtained against Chevron in Ecuador, according to court filings. Read more>>
Attorney Steven Donziger was the toast of Hollywood, environmentalists, and activists for bringing a case against Texaco (now Chevron) for what he termed an “Amazon Chernobyl” of pollution caused by the oil company in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. He won a $19 billion verdict against Texaco in Ecuador (meanwhile PetroEcuador, the true cause of the environmental damage and subsequent oil spills, has managed to emerge without a single fine, lawsuit, or protest against it). Read more>>
It sounds like a gathering of the angels. Some of Canada’s top environmentalists are in Banff, Alta. this weekend alongside academics, leading legal minds and First Nations leaders to discuss indigenous rights and the environment. Too bad their starting point has been found to be a a corrupt scam. The “Indigenous Solutions for Environmental Challenges” conference will feature luminaries such as David Suzuki, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame and former chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine. They plan to discuss a long running court case out of Ecuador and its impact on Indigenous rights and the environment around the world. The case in question is called Aguinda v. Chevron, a lawsuit brought against the multi-national oil company over claims of environmental damage dating back decades. It was a class action lawsuit was launched in Equador in 1993 against Chevron alleging the multinational oil firm, which bought oil fields developed earlier by Texaco, polluted Ecuadorian rivers and rain forests and caused environmental and health damage to local farmers and indigenous tribesmen. In 2011, an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron to pay the claimants $18 billion, though on appeal that judgment was reduced to $9.5 billion. Eventually, the case landed before the United States Court of Appeals, which determined the $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron was corrupt, that the claims of environmental damage had been inflated and the judgment had been achieved through “coercion, bribery, money laundering and other misconduct.” One of the lawyers behind the case, New York City based Steven Donziger, is an invited speaker at the Banff conference this weekend. I’m not sure I should actually call Donziger a lawyer anymore since he had his licence pulled by the State of New York earlier this year for “professional misconduct” due to coercion, fraud and bribery in the very case this conference is discussing. Read more>>
“Indigenous Solutions for Environmental Challenges,” the conference’s “context” is the US$8.6 billion (at last count) judgment in an Ecuadorean court against U.S. oil company Chevron. According to the conference’s website, the Chevron case will be used “to consider the critical role of judicial remedies for violations of the rights of indigenous and other affected peoples… both in Canada and beyond.” With the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on judicial hold, and capital evacuating the Canadian oil patch due to legislative uncertainties, the topic is timely. But if “hard cases make bad law,” then corrupt cases threaten very bad law indeed. Read more>>
There’s a headline you probably didn’t see coming, huh? Over the past several years we’ve written extensively about the failed Chevron Shakedown and how New York attorney Steven Donziger fell from grace in a corrupt attempt to pick the pockets of Chevron to the tune of billions of dollars. That story is pretty much over, with the case having been declared a product of fraud around the globe and Donziger losing his licenses to practice law anywhere in the country. Read more>>
A rock star, an aide to Andrew Cuomo, journalists, and Ecuadoran government officials had stakes in a shakedown of the oil company. It almost worked. The slow unraveling of the case against Chevron has been eye-opening, not least for the glimpse it offers into the way money moves through the progressive activist world. Read more>>