What Can Tens of Millions of Dollars Buy Ecuador in the ‘Empire’? – Huffington Post

August 6, 2014 • Chevron Ecuador Trial In The News

This inordinate amount of money being spent on typical PR services, coupled by the fact that MCSquared is run by several Ecuadoreans in the U.S. with strong ties to Correa’s regime — is a cause for concern. Not only because Rafael Correa is just as anti-U.S. and authoritarian as the late Hugo Chávez, but also because Ecuador has become a haven for money-laundering and organized crime. Read more >>

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chevronecuadorWhat Can Tens of Millions of Dollars Buy Ecuador in the ‘Empire’? – Huffington Post

Ecuador’s Costly PR Campaign – Latinvex

August 6, 2014 • Chevron Ecuador Trial In The News

Outside of a minor claque with very reduced prestige, this activity can hardly be considered to have paid off. It has failed to convince US media, NGOs, legislators, or diplomats of the merits of Correa’s “revolution,” while the government’s actions have tended to reinforce its image as that of a regime bent on repressing any form of dissent. MCSquared’s failure to register with the DOJ in a timely fashion may yet force additional scrutiny, particularly given the company’s office address in Quito, which is none other than that of the administration’s “communications secretariat.” El Universo reported that MCSquared had a separate local address from the government building. Read more >>

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chevronecuadorEcuador’s Costly PR Campaign – Latinvex

Ecuador Admits Its PR Firms Target Chevron – O’Dwyer’s

August 5, 2014 • Chevron Ecuador Trial In The News

“If the government continues to shut down the free press, suppress human rights, undermine the rule of law, and distract attention from its own poor environmental record, it will continue to draw the ire of many in the international community,” he wrote. The best PR firms, according to Samson, “cannot rectify the government’s behavior. After all, as they say in the agency world, you’re only as good as your client.” Read more >>

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chevronecuadorEcuador Admits Its PR Firms Target Chevron – O’Dwyer’s

Is Ecuador Waging A Stealth War On America? – The Daily Caller

July 25, 2014 • Chevron Ecuador Trial In The News

The company isn’t paying, citing a 1998 settlement with Ecuador’s previous government, a $40 million clean-up by Texaco, plus joint venture responsibilities of the state-run oil company, Petroecuador. Correa continues to fight, and just last week hired former Congressman Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) to help seize Chevron assets overseas. This is all despite a New York court citing rampant corruption in Ecuador’s legal proceedings, and shady public relations practices which reportedly involved hiring “extras” for public protests. Read more >>

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chevronecuadorIs Ecuador Waging A Stealth War On America? – The Daily Caller

Employing U.S. subpoena power in support of foreign litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger and 28 U.S.C. § 1782 – Inside Counsel

July 14, 2014 • Chevron Ecuador Trial In The News

Section 1782 can be a powerful discovery tool, and litigants would be wise to conduct themselves with the same caution employed in U.S. proceedings.
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chevronecuadorEmploying U.S. subpoena power in support of foreign litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger and 28 U.S.C. § 1782 – Inside Counsel