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.
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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
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>>
To see the corrupt, desperate heart of the true believers of the modern left-wing movement, we can look at a test case: a group of left-wing activists, environmentalists, lawyers, and foundations hounding an American company, Chevron. Read more>>
To this day, half the Internet portrays Steven Donziger as a hero for suing Chevron Corporation in Ecuador. As the accomplished filmmaker Joe Berlinger put it in a public radio interview only two weeks ago, “It’s a very complicated story.” Well, it’s certainly a messy story. But as a matter of epistemology, law and morality, it’s always been simple. On Monday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit laid it out with admirable clarity. Donziger lied and cheated his way to a multibillion-dollar Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron.
Those whose ideology leaves them convinced that large corporations despoil the earth find the notion that Chevron (through its predecessor Texaco) despoiled large areas of Ecuador attractive. What does it matter that Texaco was only a minority shareholder in a petroleum development project in fact controlled by the Ecuadorean government? What does it matter that when that Ecuadorean government corporation wished to take over the project in its entirety, it agreed that Texaco would remediate the environmental damage it had done and that the national Ecuadorean petroleum company would remain responsible for the site in the future? What does it matter that that Ecuadorean company then despoiled the area to the enormous detriment of local inhabitants? What does any of this matter, when there is money to be got from a wealthy American corporation that never even set foot in Ecuador? Why, a little false testimony here, a massive bribing of a judge there, and voila!, a $9.5 billion dollar Ecuadorean supreme court award against Chevron results. Read more>>
One of the most egregious legal frauds in history may finally be over. On Monday a unanimous three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron was the product of fraud, coercion and bribery and couldn’t be enforced. Read more >>
I didn’t see this one coming! Recall that after winning the Lago Agrio case, the plaintiffs had attached Chevron’s assets in Ecuador to satisfy the judgment. One of those assets was the right to payment of $96 million on account of a treaty arbitration pending between Chevron and Ecuador. As I noted last week, Ecuador, out of options to challenge the award, finally paid up. Read more>>
Attorney Pablo Fajardo has been suspended by the Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia (FDA) for his alleged role in lifting a lien against Chevron assets that paved the way for a multi-million payment last week. Read more>>
The celebrated Ecuadorian attorney who collected a CNN Hero award in 2007, a Goldman Environmental Prize in 2008, and a hagiographic 13,000-word profile in Vanity Fair that same year, was “suspended” by his key client Friday, which also threatened to sue him for up to $112 million. The attorney in question is Pablo Fajardo, and the client is the Amazon Defense Front (ADF). Working side-by-side with controversial New York lawyer and strategist Steven Donziger, Fajardo won an epic $18.2 billion environmental judgment against Chevron in a Ecuadorian court in 2011—later reduced to $9.5 billion. Read more>>