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 last time we checked in on the progress of the Chevron Shakedown in November of last year, things were not looking good for Manhattan lawyer and convicted racketeer Steven Donziger. Following the numerous losses he had suffered in court over his fraudulent attempts to pick Chevron’s pockets to the tune of billions of dollars, he had been found by a federal judge to have engaged in racketeering through what was described as a, “multi-year campaign of fraud, bribery, extortion, money laundering, and other offenses. Read more>>
Time may be running short for New York lawyer Steven Donziger. Chevron filed a brief this week, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rebuff Donziger’s petition asking it to overturn a devastating judgment against him and his greatest achievement: a multibillion-dollar verdict in an environmental case he’d been pressing for more than 20 years. Donziger’s campaign against Chevron reached its high-water mark six years ago, in March 2011, when he and a team of local lawyers won an $18 billion verdict—later reduced to $9.5 billion—in a provincial court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, on behalf of residents of the Amazon region where Texaco, acquired by Chevron in 2001, had drilled from 1964 to 1992. Read more>>
Can U.S. companies use the federal racketeering law to fend off costly foreign court judgments? For Chevron Corp., the answer was yes—and that saved the oil and gas giant $9.5 billion. Now the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear an appeal by Chevron antagonists, who argue that the company pulled a fast one. The federal appeals court in New York ruled last August that Chevron, and indeed, any American corporation facing an expensive judgment abroad, may come home and use the civil provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as a weapon to go after the lawyers on the other side. Read more>>
A group of international law scholars led by Professor Donald Anton, have filed an amicus brief in support of Steven Donziger’s petition for certiorari. The gist of the brief is that under principles of comity the courts of A should not entertain collateral attacks on the judgments of B unless forced to do so, which really will only happen if a party seeks recognition of the judgment of B in the courts of A. Well, you may say, Judge Kaplan and the Second Circuit didn’t do that. Read more>>
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has put a dent in the viability of corporate social responsibility principles — especially of resource companies operating abroad — with its recent refusal to enforce an Ecuadorean judgment worth $9.51 billion against Chevron Corp. by ordering the seizure of assets belonging to its seventh-level indirect subsidiary Chevron Canada Ltd., which has no connection to the Ecuadorean proceedings. Read More>>
Attorney Steven Donziger has asked the Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a finding that a $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador was fraudulently produced and could not be enforced, saying that key international jurisdiction and racketeering law questions needed to be addressed.
Even in the more liberal climes of our northern neighbors do flop the bald-faced schemes and scams concocted and perpetrated by one Steven Donziger, litigant extraordinaire, foe of Chevron, repeat loser, legal masochist. Ahab had better luck with Moby. Read more>>
On January 20, 2017, in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) (Court) dismissed the plaintiffs’ action to execute against the shares and assets of Chevron Canada Limited (Chevron Canada) in satisfaction of a judgment of a foreign court. In doing so, the Court reaffirmed principles of corporate separateness and confirmed the high threshold that must be met in order to pierce the corporate veil. Read more>>
Last week, the wind was almost entirely taken from the sails of an Ecuadorian legal pirate ship that turned up in Canadian waters several years ago, looking to loot energy giant Chevron Corp.’s Canadian subsidiary. As in the great days of buccaneering, however, we have to remember that one man’s pirate is another man’s freedom fighter cum state representative, and this voyage was backed to the hilt by Ecuador’s socialist president, Rafael Correa (who reluctantly leaves office this year, having failed to rig his country’s constitution). It was also supported by radical environmentalists, trade unions, left-wing politicians, and a raft of Hollywood’s B-list. Read more>>
You might expect a legal fight over US$9.5 billion to involve several, complex legal arguments and a lot of bizarre plot twists. But the most recent legal development in the case of Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp. is, to my mind, notable for its simplicity. In a written decision issued Friday, Judge Glenn Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court granted summary judgment dismissing the case against Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary, Chevron Canada. And he did so based on a bedrock principle of Canadian law called corporate separateness. The Chevron decision underscores how important this principle is — and not just for big corporations, but also small business people and entrepreneurs. Read more>>
A group of Ecuadoreans can’t go after the assets of a Canadian Chevron subsidiary to enforce a now-discredited $9.5 billion pollution judgment against the oil giant, a Canadian court ruled Friday, saying there was no reason to depart from the principle that a parent corporation and its subsidiary are two separate legal entities. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice stuck down a bid by 47 plaintiffs, who represent about 30,000 Ecuadoreans, to collected the winnings they were awarded by Ecuadorean courts in a suit against Chevron. That judgment became tarnished when a New York federal judge ruled in 2014 that it was the product of “egregious fraud.” Read more>>
A Toronto, Canada court has now done what several U.S. courts have already accomplished: Slapped down notorious plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger’s efforts at a legal shakedown of Chevron Corporation. “A Toronto court has rejected a bid by Ecuadorian villagers to enforce a judgment in their home country against Chevron Canada Ltd, ruling the subsidiary is not liable for parent Chevron Corp, the U.S. oil major said on Friday,” reports Reuters. Read more>>