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.
Steven Donziger, a left-wing lawyer with connections to the Obama administration and Andrew Cuomo’s administration in New York, attempted to orchestrate a multi-billion-dollar shakedown of Chevron in a case that was later thrown out by a federal judge as the product of “egregious fraud.” For once, the word “egregious” may not be quite strong enough: In dollar terms, Donziger’s case against Chevron may very well be the largest attempt at extortion in human history. Read more>>
The saga of Chevron v. Donziger, “one of the most egregious legal frauds in history” according to the WSJ, finally concluded this week with the U.S. Supreme Court denying plaintiffs’ attorney Donziger’s certiorari petition. In 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that a $9.5 billion judgment obtained by American lawyer Steven Donziger against Chevron in Ecuador was the product of fraud and racketeering and, thus, unenforceable in the U.S. Read more>>
On Monday, June 19, 2017, in a few largely unnoticed words, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed the Rule of Law. The Court declined to hear an appeal by disgraced attorney Steven Donziger of a District Court’s finding that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment he had obtained against Chevron Corporation had been the product of his and others’ fraud and racketeering, and was therefore unenforceable in the United States. I have detailed the saga of Donziger’s suit against Chevron, on behalf of Ecuadoreans in fact likely injured by actions of their country’s state-owned PetroEcuador, extensively in this column. Read more>>
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Chevron Corp by preventing Ecuadorean villagers and their American lawyer from trying to collect on an $8.65 billion pollution judgment issued against the oil company by a court in Ecuador. Read more>>
Chevron has filed its brief in opposition to Steven Donziger’s petition for certiorari. Ted Olson and company have, as one would expect, produced a high-quality brief to stand against the similarly high-quality brief submitted by Deepak Gupta. The most important part of the brief, from a technical perspective, is the discussion of the circuit split on standing to bring equitable RICO actions. It’s a true circuit split, but Olson describes it as “stale and shallow. Read more>>
The mass torts litigation saga of Chevron v. Donziger continues. In this long-running case, the U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit affirmed that, among other things, Chevron (CVX) properly used the civil RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) laws to hold liable plaintiffs’ attorney Steven R. Donziger for engaging in fraud, obstruction of justice, and other illegal acts. Read more>>
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.