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 Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a lower Canadian court’s determination that an Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation, already found by U.S. courts to have been obtained through fraud and corruption, cannot be enforced against Chevron Canada Limited, an indirect subsidiary. The Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment dismissing all claims against Chevron Canada Limited holding that it is a separate entity from Chevron Corporation and its assets are protected from seizure by those seeking to enforce the corrupt Ecuadorian judgment. The court rejected the Ecuadorian plaintiffs’ arguments as contrary to fundamental principles of Canadian corporate law. Read more>>
SAN RAMON, Calif. – May 17, 2018 — Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) reaffirmed yesterday its rejection of the …
Steven Donziger, the LAPs’ lead American lawyer, has now responded to Chevron’s motion for an order finding him in contempt of court. The response covers two basic topics: the shares in Amazonia, a Gibraltar company set up to disburse proceeds of the Ecuadoran judgment; and Donziger’s attempt to sell an interest in the Ecuadoran judgment to a litigation funder. I am going to focus here on the second issue, which I think is the more interesting issue.
A shocking and at times farcical tale of how an environmental lawsuit turned into the world’s biggest fraud is revealed in a new play. The world premiere of The $18-Billion Prize, based on the true story of rainforest natives and their New York lawyer “fighting for justice” against one of the world’s biggest oil companies, opens May 19 at The Phoenix Theatre, where performances continue through June 3. Read more>>
Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal began hearing a case where a group of Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples are suing Chevron’s Canadian branch in the hopes that a Canadian court will enforce a judgment made by the Ecuadorian government against Chevron’s American parent company. The case has been dismissed by American courts, been denounced as the “legal fraud of the century” by The Wall Street Journal, and the lawyer behind it was found to have engaged in racketeering. But it’s no wonder the case has wound its way up to Canada – the original Ecuadorian settlement is $9.5 billion, the largest of its kind. In the unlikely event that they manage to pull it off, that’s quite of lot of cash to go around for the plaintiffs, lawyers and investors who’ve been bankrolling this endeavour There is one group that presumably won’t share in any of the spoils though. That’s Canadian First Nations. Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, was on hand last week to pose for photos with the Ecuadorians who had flown up for the two days of arguments in a Toronto courtroom. Read more>>
The Chevron/Ecuador saga may be on life support in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States, but it is still alive and breathing (if not actually kicking) in Toronto, Canada. [Full disclosure: though I was born in New York, my folks moved to Toronto when I was a young child. I grew up there and my mother still lives there. That’s it for disclosure. I have no link to plaintiffs or defendants in the Chevron case.] Read more>>
The headwinds against Canada’s oil and gas industry have been severe the past few years, and show no signs of abating. But a court case in Toronto this week showcases yet another formidable threat to the integrity of the Canadian business environment that could give foreign corporate interests another reason to hit the pause button on Canadian investment. In 2011, a $19.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment (later reduced to $9.5 billion) was secured against Chevron Corp. for alleged environmental damage supposedly done by Texaco, a company Chevron purchased in 2001. The judgment was issued despite all subsequent remediation and a written commitment by the Ecuadorian government to Chevron to legally remove any liability. Read more>>
In the Lago Agrio RICO case in New York, you’ll recall that the court entered a final judgment against Steven Donziger and against the two Lago Agrio plaintiffs who appeared and defended in the action, Hugo Gerardo Camacho Naranjo and Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje. But there were many other LAPs who were named as defendants but who defaulted. A few days ago Chevron moved for entry of default judgment against those LAPs. It intends at least to seek to hold them liable for the costs Chevron has already been awarded against Donziger. It may have other purposes in mind, too, though they are less immediately apparent. (Perhaps Chevron is thinking ahead to a trial on the merits in Canada, and perhaps the entry of judgment is technically necessary to invocation of collateral estoppel in that action?) Read more>>
In previous columns, I detailed the appalling behavior that has characterized the search for the causes of oil pollution in Ecuador, following a joint venture between Texaco and an Ecuadorean state-run corporation. Chevron, the corporate successor of Texaco, was held liable for billions in damages by a corrupt Ecuadorean court ruling. That ruling has proven unenforceable and has been condemned in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Enforcement efforts in Canada also appear doomed. Disciplinary actions before the Bar of New York are pending against Steven Donziger, the Ecuadorean plaintiffs’ attorney. Read my earlier columns, using links above, to refresh your memory about what might be called l’affaire Donziger. In my opinion the saga reads like a primer on how not to practice law. Read more>>
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Those of you who have been following our years-long coverage of what’s become known as the Chevron Shakedown are probably already familiar with Steven Donziger. He’s the New York attorney who worked with a corrupt court in Ecuador and several environmental groups in the United States to achieve a bogus judgment against the energy giant valued in the billions of dollars. That fell apart completely under court scrutiny and instead of winding up with a huge payday, Donziger found himself on the losing end of a RICO trial in New York. Read more>>
When Steven Donziger started out in attempting to perpetrate a fraud against Chevron in Ecuador, he wrote in his journal that he was going to make billions of dollars in legal fees and penalties from the oil company. Well, the shoe is now on the other foot: the fraud, bribery, extortion and the falsified scientific findings that Donziger and his plaintiffs team used against Chevron came to light. Read more>>
Attorney Steven Donziger will remain on the hook for the bulk of court costs in litigation that ended in a finding he fraudulently obtained an $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron on behalf of Ecuadorean villagers over pollution of the Amazon rain forest. Read more>>