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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.

September 23, 2016
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Chevron Update: Uh-O Canada – The National Review

There’s a definite whack-a-mole sense to the never-ending, globe-spanning leftist effort to defraud Chevron (a National Review advertiser, God love it) over a bogus claim that in the early 90s, Texaco (the oil giant now owned by Chevron) polluted and failed to remediate the rainforests of Ecuador and sickened many natives. Widely recognized in the business press as the “legal fraud of the century,” the shakedown scheme has been drubbed in U.S. federal courts, which have upheld civil RICO charges against Steven Donziger, the leftist trial attorney — a cross between Saul Alinsky and Ponzi — who masterminded the plot to turn Chevron into an ATM for Greenies. What he didn’t plan for was a determined fight by his mark. Read more>>

September 14, 2016
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This U.S. shakedown artist is trying to turn Canada into a banana republic – The Rebel

Texaco, which has since been bought by Chevron, used to operate in Ecuador. In 1992, Texaco sold its stake to the Ecuadorian government, and completed an environmental clean-up, certified by the government. But a U.S. lawyer named Steven Donziger sued Chevron for Texaco’s environmental sins, even though Texaco cleaned it all up. Read more>>

September 13, 2016
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Should Canadian courts hear a case when there’s nothing to fight over? – The Globe and Mail

Beginning this week, counsel for Chevron Canada are asking the Ontario Superior Court to summarily dismiss the claims of a group of Ecuadorean plaintiffs. The plaintiffs ultimately wish the court to recognize and enforce an Ecuadorean judgment of $9.51-billion (U.S.) for alleged environmental damage in the Lago Agrio district of Ecuador’s jungle. The damage arose from an extraction initiative in which the corporation – then Texaco – was an operating partner with the government of Ecuador and which was then sold to the government in 1992 at an agreed price. After conducting an environmental cleanup that was certified by the agencies responsible for oversight, Texaco was released from any further liability in 1998. The Ecuadorean judgment was procured by demonstrably fraudulent means. Read more>>

September 12, 2016
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The Chevron Shakedown threatens to turn Canada’s legal system into a disgrace – Hot Air

On Monday, a court in Canada will gavel into session and hear complaints from the group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs and their American environmentalist enablers who have been repeatedly been found to have engaged in massive fraud by American courts. The Chevron Shakedown, which we’ve been covering here for years, has moved to the Great White North to see if the pickpockets who have been trying to fleece the energy giant for billions of dollars can fare any better there. Not only is this a distasteful process for the concept of justice in general, but it holds particular dangers for the Canadians. Read more>>

September 9, 2016
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Peter Foster: Environmentalists around the world are trying to drag Canada’s legal system into disgrace – Financial Post

If the Chevron suit isn’t thrown out, it will be another embarrassment for the Canadian legal system. Corporations have become increasingly vulnerable to reputational damage inflicted by powerful environmental organizations that misrepresent business activities and intimidate customers. Companies also find themselves subject to shakedowns over alleged environmental damage. It is all too rare for business to fight back, but two of the most significant examples are currently making their way through the Canadian judicial system. Read more>>

September 8, 2016
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Companies Finally Start Fighting Back Against Organized Shakedowns – Investor’s Business Daily

Three recent court victories got little in the way of headlines, but should be required reading for every corporate executive in the country. In each, companies refused to do what so many have done before — tuck their tails in and settle out of court. Read more>>

September 1, 2016
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Chevron Arbitrators Will Consider 2nd Circ. Donziger Decision – Law360

A tribunal hearing Chevron Corp.’s bid to nullify a $9.5 billion pollution judgment imposed by Ecuador’s courts recently said that the arbitrators will consider U.S. court findings that the Ecuadorean ruling was tainted by fraud, but may ultimately reach a different conclusion. Read more>>

August 24, 2016
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WLF: Disbarment, criminal charges should be possibilities for corrupt attorney – Legal NewsLine

Federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against the lawyer who pursued Chevron for alleged contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon after two courts ruled that it was all a fraud, a public interest attorney says. The New York State Bar Association also should consider disbarring Steven Donziger for the alleged fraud and racketeering that led to a multibillion-dollar judgment by an Ecuadoran court against Chevron, Washington Legal Foundation Chief Counsel Richard Samp said during a Legal Newsline interview. Read more>>

August 23, 2016
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Chevron in Ecuador: Is the End in Sight? – Law.com

This fall it will be 23 years since the Dickensian Chevron case, considered the Jarndyce v. Jarndyce of global litigation, began. That’s longer than one of the English chancery cases that inspired Charles Dickens to create Jarndyce, the absurd court case in Bleak House that has become a metaphor for endless litigation. Read more>>

August 16, 2016
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Peter Foster: Up the Amazon without a legal paddle – Financial Post

The Canadian justice system now appears to be the last hope for the rancid US$9.5 billion claim for environmental damage against Chevron Corporation by the Ecuadorian court system. Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously affirmed a lower court finding that the claim, masterminded by lawyer Steven Donziger, a Harvard law classmate of Barack Obama, was the product of fraud and racketeering. Donziger is now beginning to look like the Black Knight in the Monty Python movie who has had all his limbs hacked off but claims that it’s “just a flesh wound.” Read more>>

August 15, 2016
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Chevron claims another round in endless jungle fight – Washington Post

It’s official: A group of indigenous people of Ecuador and their quixotic New York City lawyer Steven Donziger will not be able to turn to U.S. courts to enforce an $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron that was won in an Ecuadoran court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit unanimously affirmed a lower court ruling on Monday that the judgment the Ecuadorans and Donziger obtained in Ecuador was based on fraudulent assertions and actions by Donziger and his associates and therefore could not be enforced in the United States. Read more>>

August 11, 2016
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Lowering the bar on the plaintiffs bar – Washington Examiner

We’ve written in this space often about how plaintiffs’ lawyers — the sort who work on contingency cases ranging from slip-and-fall to shareholder class actions — corrupt the nation’s politics. Huge profits from suits designed to extort funds from deep pockets are systematically ploughed back into Democratic party politics, in exchange for new laws and regulations that make extortionate suits easier. But the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an extraordinary 127-page judgment on Monday highlighting how much more effective an unscrupulous American attorney can be when working in a country where the rule of law is less firmly established. Read more>>