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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.

December 8, 2017

KLP removes Chevron from blacklist after 13-year ban – IPE

KLP, Norway’s main provider of municipal pensions, has added US oil giant Chevron back to its investment universe after a 13-year exclusion after the basis for the blacklisting was largely discredited. The NOK641bn (€65.7bn) pension fund said a 2016 US court ruling meant that documents in an environmental case against Chevron – upon which the KLP exclusion was at least partly based – had been falsified, and witnesses and judicial officials had been bribed. Read more>>

December 1, 2017

Lago Agrio Court: STJ Rejects Ecuadoran Judgment – Letters Blogatory

The Chevronologists among you know that the Lago Agrio plaintiffs have tried to obtain recognition of their Ecuadoran judgment in three jurisdictions: Argentina, Brazil, and Canada. The attempt in Argentina failed last month. The proceedings in Canada were rejected by the first instance court in January 2017 but are still on appeal. The LAPs, perhaps sensing a defeat, abandoned their efforts in Brazil in September 2017, though the case there proceeded nevertheless. Later in September, a reporting judge recommended that the STJ deny recognition. Read more>>

November 8, 2017

Lago Agrio: The Argentine and Brazilian Developments, In English – Letter Blogatory

I’ve recently noted the decision of an Argentine court to refuse to enforce the Lago Agrio judgment, and the opinion of Brazilian judge Luis Felipe Salomão also opining that the judgment should not be enforced in Brazil. I’ve gotten my hands on English translations of both. Read more>>

November 6, 2017
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Argentine Court Rules in Favor of Chevron in Ecuador Case – PanAm Post

Chevron dealt another serious blow to Ecuador this week, as a court in Argentina ruled the company did not have to have to forfeit its assets being held abroad in that country. The court in Argentina ruled that Chevron could access US $8.6 billion in assets held in the country, and that Ecuador had no legal precedent to obstruct them from doing so. Read more>>

November 2, 2017

Chevron Wins Round In Argentina Over $9.5B Pollution Award – Law360

An Argentine court has rejected an attempt by Ecuadorean citizens to enforce an Ecuadorean court’s $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. in Argentina, saying the corporation’s Argentine subsidiary can’t be held liable for a judgment against the parent company. Read more>>

October 26, 2017
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The Chevron Shakedown Appears To Be On Its Last Legs – Hot Air

After more than half a decade and countless court appearances in countries around the world, the saga of what’s come to be known as the Chevron Shakedown finally seems to be staggering to a close. If you’ve missed our coverage of this story over the years you can catch up with all of it here. A corrupt court in Ecuador provided a ruling in favor of local interests, ordering Chevron to pay billions of dollars for the cleanup of drilling sites in that country which were, in all likelihood, contaminated by Ecuador’s state-run oil company. The plaintiffs, with the help of various environmental groups and their lead American attorney Steven Donziger, apparently assumed that Chevron would simply pay up rather than go through the hassle of a lengthy legal battle. This has turned out to be one of the worst assumptions in legal history. Read more>>

October 25, 2017
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How Chevron’s Watson Fought Landmark Legal Battle — And Won – Investor’s Business Daily

Chevron recently announced that John Watson, who has served as chairman and CEO for 7-1/2 years, will retire early next year and be replaced by Mike Wirth in a long-planned transition. Watson will be remembered for many accomplishments. One of the major legal issues under Watson’s leadership was Chevron’s courageous decision to fight notorious plaintiff’s attorney Steven Donziger and his fraudulent multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the oil giant. Read more>>

October 24, 2017

Nails In The Coffin: The Final Chapters of Ecuador’s Efforts To Extort Chevron – Forbes

I have described in detail, in numerous previous columns over several years, Ecuador’s corrupt efforts to almost $10 billion from Chevron Corp. for pollution damages allegedly caused by Texaco (whose interests were purchased by Chevron). Interested readers should consult these earlier columns by clicking on my name and reading the appropriate entries). As readers of this column know, the pollution in question was quite likely caused by Ecuador’s own state petroleum company, years after Texaco cleaned up the site and obtained a legal release from the Ecuadorean government. In October, finally, years and millions in legal fees later, justice is slowly but surely being meted out to those who spearheaded the failed attempt to extort Chevron. Read more>>

October 5, 2017

Ontario court orders Ecuadorian plaintiffs to secure nearly $1 million in costs before appeal in Chevron case – The Lawyer’s Daily

A group of Ecuadorian villagers has been ordered to put up almost $1 million in security for court costs as part of a long-shot appeal in an ongoing pollution claim against an American energy company and its Canadian subsidiary. Read more>>

October 4, 2017

Lago Agrio: Canadian Appellate Court Requires LAPs To Give Security – Letters Blogatory

In January I reported on the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ latest setback in their quest to obtain recognition of their Ecuadoran judgment in Canada. The Ontario Superior Court granted summary judgment to Chevron, holding that its indirect Canadian subsidiaries’ assets were not assets of Chevron (the judgment debtor) that could be reached on execution. The LAPs appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. In a decision on September 21, a single justice of the appellate court ordered the LAPs to post almost a million dollars as security in light of Canada’s rule that the loser pays the winner’s attorney’s fees. Read more>>

September 21, 2017
Rafael Correa - president of Ecuador

Lago Agrio: SDNY Judges Submit Ethics Complaint Against Donziger – Letters Blogatory

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Lago Agrio case. Not much is going at the moment. I was aware, via press releases, of a dispute about whether Judge Kaplan should order Steven Donziger to pay Chevron’s legal fees, but I hadn’t read any of the motion papers until I came across a tweet from Roger Parloff highlighting the fact that several SDNY judges had submitted a disciplinary complaint against Donziger. Read more>>

July 31, 2017
Rafael Correa - president of Ecuador

Lago Agrio: Dutch Appeals Court Affirms Denial of Annulment – Letter Blogatory

The Court of Appeals of the Hague has affirmed a lower court decision decision refusing to set aside the interim awards Chevron had won against Ecuador in the investment treaty arbitration. The main questions before the lower court were, first, whether Chevron or Texaco had an “investment” in Ecuador for purposes of the BIT, and, second, whether the awards were against public policy to the extent they sought to force Ecuador to suspend the operation of the Lago Agrio judgment, contrary (Ecuador said) to Ecuadoran law. Read more>>