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.
The case has unmistakable parallels to the shakedown of Chevron, in which a cabal of U.S.-based lawyers, left-wing activists with connections to the administrations of Barack Obama and Andrew Cuomo, working in conjunction with corrupt judges and officials in Ecuador attempted to extort billions of dollars from the energy giant. Read more>>
The District Court of The Hague has rejected Ecuador’s claim to set aside interim and partial awards in favour of Chevron relating to a pending arbitration on oil pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Read more>>
At the time of spending in the publicity campaign “Chevron’s Dirty Hand”, Rafael Correa did not seem concerned with the figures. If the most important and splendid show-business stars had to be brought to be part of this campaign to dip their hands in oil spills, all possible efforts had to be made. This according to the recent digital publication by the US American Media Institute, AMI, which claims having gained access to emails that President Rafael Correa allegedly exchanged with some of his officials involved in the making of the campaign. In these alleged emails, uploaded to the web by washingtonium, appears a Rafael Correa irritated by the poor results of the campaign. Read more>>
Chevron released a new video today in its ongoing battle to demonstrate its innocence in the alleged pollution of the Amazon in Ecuador. The video shows that the Government of Ecuador, driven by a corrupt President Rafael Correa and an equally corrupt Ecuadorian justice system, has worked hand-in-hand with discredited plaintiff attorney Steven Donziger and a dishonest environmental group, AmazonWatch, to hide the fact the Ecuador oil spills were caused Ecuador’s own state-owned oil company, PetroEcuador. Read more>>
Contrary to the claims of an attempted shakedown by a corrupt Ecuadorean government and sympathetic PC sniveling by activists and the press in the U.S., records show Texaco, now owned by Chevron, had cleaned up its share of oil production sites before leaving Ecuador in the late 1990s and that the Ecuadorian government is solely responsible for the current environmental and social conditions in the Amazon. The Ecuadorean government had embroiled Chevron in a $9 billion lawsuit. But a U.S. court has ruled the lawsuit against Chevron, headquartered in San Ramon California, was procured by fraud, extortion, bribery, and falsification of materials by the plaintiffs and a dishonest Ecuadorian judicial system.
Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Paul Barrett came to Dartmouth this week to talk about his new book on the legal battle …
As we previously reported, Canada has taken the unfortunate step of getting involved in Ecuador’s long running Chevron Shakedown effort with one of their courts agreeing to hear a case related to the ongoing lawsuits. Some of their prominent citizens have warned against the foolish nature of going down this path, but thus far things remain on track. Recent news leads me to suspect that Ecuador is trying to win friends and influence people in the Great White North in preparation for the trial, perhaps to get some public opinion movement on their side. And where did they start their search for new Canadian buddies? With the unions, of course. Read more>>
Why is a progressive Canadian union cozying up with one of the world’s most regressive regimes? Why are they boasting about meeting with officials of a government that Human Rights Watch says has “abused its power to harass, intimidate, and punish” its political opponents? Perhaps we should direct that question to the Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), whose leaders recently returned from a tour of Ecuador. Read more>>
The District Court of the Hague has rejected Ecuador’s attempt to set aside the interim awards entered by the tribunal hearing the BIT dispute between Ecuador and Chevron. As I have previously noted, the tribunal had ordered Ecuador to “take all measures necessary to suspend or cause to be suspended the enforcement and recognition within and without Ecuador of the judgments” the Ecuadoran courts had issued against Chevron, pending the outcome of the arbitration. Read more>>
The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favor of Chevron Corp. in a challenge to international arbitration awards it secured against Ecuador in a long-running dispute over alleged drilling pollution in the Amazon rain forest, according to documents released on Friday. Read more>>
You don’t often hear Canada and Ecuador mentioned in the same breath, but the left’s fight to smear big corporations over alleged abuses sometimes makes strange bedfellows. It started when Chevron acquired Texaco in 2001. Texaco had been previously active in Ecuador and worked with the Ecuadorian government to mitigate and clean up its drilling sites, at a cost of $40 million to Texaco. Texaco fulfilled this clean-up to the Ecuadorian government’s satisfaction and was legally released from any liability. Years later and after the Chevron acquisition, however, Ecuador colluded with environmental activists to coordinate a $19 billion (later reduced to $9 billion) judgment against Chevron for alleged contamination by Texaco of the Ecuadorian jungle. Ecuador and the radical environmental group Amazon Watch teamed up with American lawyer Steven Donziger, whose shady tactics, combined with a lack of judicial independence in Ecuador, resulted in a multi-billion dollar judgement against Chevron. Interestingly, there was never a lawsuit against or criticisms of PetroEcuador, the nationalized oil company that partnered with Texaco in Ecuador, taking over operations in the early 90’s and which is responsible for well over 1,000 spills in the region since 2000. Read more>>
Stratus has been steeped in controversy in recent years after the company admitted to falsifying a report in a $19 billion lawsuit against oil giant Chevron. In 2013, Stratus admitted to providing false statements against Chevron at the behest of Steven Donziger, a trial lawyer representing Ecuadorian villagers in the suit against Chevron. Stratus admitted to being pushed by Donziger to write a report in a way that made it look like it was written by a court-appointed independent expert. Read more>>