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June 10, 2015
Rafael Correa - president of Ecuador

Forensics Reveal Ghost-Written Ruling against Chevron in Ecuador – PanAm Post

A new twist has emerged in the years-long legal battle between Ecuador and Chevron over pollution in the environs of the Lago Agrio oil field. The oil giant has alleged that a ruling which ordered it to pay US$9.5 billion in compensation was not written by presiding Judge Nicolás Zambrano, but instead by a legal team allied with President Rafael Correa. Read more>>

May 26, 2015
Rafael Correa - president of Ecuador

Forensic Analysis Confirms Donziger and Associates Ghostwrote the Lago Agrio Judgment

Steven Donziger and his few remaining supporters have been trumpeting a computer forensics report that they claim is a “game changer” in their decades-long attempt to extort billions of dollars from Chevron and to distract from the U.S. federal court’s ruling against them.
May 8, 2015
Chevron sign on truck

Another Blow to Investor Confidence and the Rule of Law in Ecuador – U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Perhaps the best example of Ecuador’s poor legal climate is an $18 billion judgment that was rendered against Chevron in 2011 by a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, for alleged contamination resulting from crude oil production in the region. This ruling came in spite of the fact that Ecuador’s government attested a decade before that the company’s environmental remediation was satisfactory; yet, the country’s courts continue to provide U.S. trial lawyers with a forum for grandstanding. Read more>>

May 7, 2015

Kobre & Kim wins again in Chevron Ecuador fraud claims in attack on litigation funders – The Lawyer

Kobre & Kim has won a third settlement against a litigation funding company for its client Chevron in the energy giant’s mammoth lawsuit with Ecuador over a fraudulent judgment relating to oil waste in the Amazon. Read more>>

April 21, 2015

Lago Agrio: Oral Argument At The Second Circuit – Letters Blogatory

Yesterday was a big day in the Lago Agrio case: oral argument in the Second Circuit. I was there, along with several other Chevronologists, partisans on both sides, and curious members of the public. One young lawyer I met had traveled from Chicago—by train!—just for the event. Happily, the judges didn’t disappoint. There was more drama than I expected. Read more>>

April 21, 2015

REBUTTAL: Donziger’s Lies Cannot Excuse His Fraud – Law360

“If you repeat a lie a thousand times it becomes the truth.” That is the motto that Steven Donziger, the U.S. lawyer who orchestrated a fraud and extortion scheme to target Chevron through sham litigation in Ecuador, confided to a member of his Ecuadorian legal team. Since then, one of this country’s most respected trial court judges has found that Donziger violated federal racketeering laws by committing multiple acts of mail and wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery of foreign officials, money laundering, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

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April 15, 2015
Sharon Stone - Ecuador

Lago Agrio: More Sharon Stone Madness – Letters Blogatory

Readers, remember where we were in the Sharon Stone case? MCSquared had sued Stone and American Program Bureau for damages arising out of the cancellation of Stone’s speaking engagement in Ecuador. Stone and APB have pointed out that the contracts had arbitration agreements and asked for dismissal. MCSquared claimed, without an affidavit, that the signature of its principal, Maria Garay, on the contracts was forged. Read more>>

April 1, 2015
The Amazon Watch

Who is Amazon Watch, And Who Do They Really Work For?

For years, a San Francisco-based activist organization, Amazon Watch, has made Chevron the target of an unrelenting smear campaign based …

March 17, 2015
Chevron gas station sign

The Global Lawyer: A Viewer’s Guide to the Final(?) Season of Chevron in Ecuador – Litigation Daily

It was on the same day that “Mad Men” announced that it would split its final season in half that arbitrators in Chevron v. Ecuador split their latest decision in half in 2013. Appropriately, the arbitrators’ sequel came last week, during the lead-up to the show’s final episodes. But unlike “Mad Men,” we know that the latest arbitral ruling ends with a cliffhanger. Herewith, a guide to the next season of the world’s longest-running legal dramedy, which debuts April 20 with the split-screen airing of the Chevron v. Donziger appeal and the Chevron v. Ecuador arbitration trial. Read more>>

March 16, 2015
Lago Agrio - Ecuador political news

Lago Agrio: Someone’s Going To Have Egg On His Face – Letters Blogatory

The fracas between MCSquared and Sharon Stone has taken a decidedly odd turn. Stone’s lawyers have given an outline of their substantive defense. They say that Stone never agreed to support Ecuador’s “Dirty Hand of Chevron” PR campaign, “advance any other political agenda of the Ecuadorian government, or advocate against Chevron.” But MCSquared, they say, “MCS, acting as the public relations arm for the Republic of Ecuador, issued a press release asserting that the purpose of Ms. Stone’s expected trip was to support the Ecuadorian government’s ‘Dirty Hand of Chevron’ campaign.” (MCSquared’s lawyers deny that the firm issued such a press release. Again, we’ll have to wait and see). Read more>>

February 26, 2015

Insiders Continue to Abandon Fraud Scheme Against Chevron

Chevron’s settlement agreement with James Russell DeLeon, the principal financial backer of the fraudulent case against Chevron in Ecuador, marks the 19th ally of Steven Donziger, the lawyer behind the lawsuit against the company, to abandon his scheme. Read more>>

February 18, 2015
Chevron gas sign

A Tort Mercenary Recants – Wall Street Journal

The fallout continues from what is arguably the greatest legal fraud in history—the case against Chevron for allegedly polluting the Ecuador jungle. On Monday Chevron announced it has reached a settlement with James Russell DeLeon, a leading funder of the fraudulent lawsuit. Read more>>