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September 25, 2014
Politics in Ecuador

U.S. Appeals Court Orders Disclosure of Secrets in Chevron Case – Bloomberg

One might assume that after 21 years of litigation, all the sordid details surrounding the epic Chevron oil pollution case had been made public. Not so. A three-judge federal appeals court panel in Richmond, Va., ruled unanimously on Tuesday that plaintiffs’ lawyers accused of fraud against the oil company must reveal the contents of documents that had been confidential and could hold new information about wrongdoing. Read more>>

September 24, 2014

Chevron sues another funder of Ecuadorian litigation – Fortune

Chevron’s suit against the funder—filed in Gibraltar last June, but not previously reported—alleges that Woodsford conspired with the leaders of the Ecuadorian litigation to advance “a dishonest and fraudulent prosecution of a claim” against the company. Read more>>

September 22, 2014

The Global Lawyer: A Review of Paul Barrett’s ‘Law of the Jungle’ – Litigation Daily

Paul Barrett’s excellent new book, “Law of the Jungle,” has been attacked in Outside magazine as too one-sided. I see it as not quite one-sided enough.

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September 9, 2014

Donziger Dodges Ecuadorians’ Suit Over $18B Judgment – Law360

A New York state judge has ruled that Ecuador’s courts are the proper venue for a suit against class action attorney Steven Donziger brought by a group of indigenous Ecuadorians seeking a share of the $18.2 billion pollution-related judgment Donziger helped secure against Chevron Corp., according to an order posted Friday. Read more>>

August 26, 2014

Litigating the Crime-Fraud Exception: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger – Inside Counsel

Obtaining full disclosure of incriminating documents requires patience to build a body of evidence demonstrating probable cause that the crime-fraud exception applies. Read more >>

August 19, 2014

Legal tide turning against lawyers who profit illegally from class-action lawsuits – Washington Examiner

In March, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Donziger “formulated and conducted a scheme to victimize a U.S. company through a pattern of racketeering” in the case, including bribing the Ecuadorean judge. Read more >>

July 30, 2014

Inside Chevron’s Discovery Campaign in Ecuador – The American Lawyer

“What has blatantly occurred in this matter would in fact be considered fraud by any court,” observed one magistrate judge. The “Crude” outtakes, remarked another, “sent shockwaves through the nation’s legal communities, primarily because the footage shows, with unflattering frankness, inappropriate, unethical and perhaps illegal conduct.” Read more >>

July 14, 2014

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

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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July 3, 2014

Appeal in the Chevron Case Will Test the Boundaries of RICO – Businessweek

Newly filed appeals in the Chevron-Ecuador oil pollution case have set the stage for a potentially important court decision on the reach of the federal anti-racketeering statute as a corporate tool for combating liability lawsuits.
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July 1, 2014

Litigation Finance Firm Survives Chevron Debacle, Learns Lessons, and Thrives – Business Week

Burford Capital, a litigation-finance firm, was just getting aloft in 2010 when it invested $4 million in a controversial pollution lawsuit against Chevron (CVX) in Ecuador. The transaction went sour very quickly.

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June 5, 2014

Judgment against Chevron bogus – Austin American-Statesman

By Stephen W. Green, Chevron Re: May 28 commentary, “Chevron board should face critics, not hide in Midland.” Ecuadorian Ambassador …

June 4, 2014

When We Last Visited the Chevron/Ecuador Litigation – Business Roundtable

The judgment demonstrated perhaps the high-water point for trial lawyer shakedowns against U.S. businesses, as Kaplan demolished the two-decade litigatory attack. From the damning, nearly 500-page ruling: Read more >>