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Donziger Faces Contempt Trial in Chevron Battle
It wasn’t all that long ago that environmentalists were hailing New York lawyer Steven Donziger as a hero for winning a megajudgment against Chevron Corp. over Amazon forest damage.
But today, the activist attorney is suspended from practice, deeply in debt to Chevron, tethered to his Manhattan apartment by a GPS ankle monitor, and facing a highly unusual criminal contempt trial this summer.
That proceeding promises to be the climax of Donziger’s long war with the oil giant, which has only become more heated since Chevron won a powerful finding from a New York federal judge five years ago that he had secured the judgment in an Ecuadorian court using bribes and bogus evidence.
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