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Steven Donziger

September 30, 2014

Media relations in high-profile litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger – Inside Counsel

Chevron Corp.’s recent victory in its RICO lawsuit offers several lessons about the use of media in connection with litigation, and how to counteract a fabricated, well-orchestrated and well-funded public narrative being spun by the other side. Read more>>

September 29, 2014
The Amazon Watch

Smear, Inc: After Years of Smearing Chevron, Donziger and Team Take Aim at Judges and Journalists

For over two decades Steven Donziger and co-conspirators have operated a smear campaign against Chevron – and anyone who would not do their bidding – in an attempt to pressure the company into a settlement. Despite being found to have committed bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice and witness tampering in March, in what U.S. Federal District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan called “egregious fraud” against Chevron, Mr. Donziger and his allies have expanded their smear campaign to include judges and journalists. Read more>>

September 23, 2014

Behind the Chevron Case – New York Times

According to Barrett, Donziger may have begun his quest with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way, he lost his bearings. To get the judgment he wanted from the Ecuadorian courts, Donziger allegedly committed multiple acts of fraud, including having members of his team ghostwrite a crucial report for the court that was supposed to be authored by an independent expert. 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 17, 2014

Chevron and Ecuador: 2 books and a smear campaign – Fortune

The mendacity and intimidation evinced in these reckless attacks on Barrett are of a piece with the conduct that Judge Kaplan found to have marred so many key aspects of Donziger’s case against Chevron in Ecuador. Again and again, Donziger has undermined a plausible legal case with needless, transparent, and despicable lies. Read more>>

September 17, 2014

Where’s Preet? The unasked question in Chevron v. Donziger – Fortune

Donziger believes he can outsmart the American court system, subvert it, manipulate it, intimidate it, and shout it down. Our judicial system—the one you’ve devoted your life to and served so well, Mr. Bharara—is being mocked and demeaned. Fight for it now. Read more>>

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>>

September 9, 2014

Ecuador, Chevron and Steven Donziger: The Travesty Described in Detail – Forbes

In a superb feat of legal journalism, Michael D. Goldhaber has penned Crude Awakening, a 64-page detailed summary of the plaintiffs’, and Ecuadorean officials’, shenanigans in the Chevron case. In his own words, his “hope was that the Ecuador case would for the first time establish non-U.S. courts as a viable alternative to hold companies accountable when they are complicit in wrongs overseas.” But that was not to be, and it is a tribute to Goldhaber’s honesty and to his painstaking devotion to detail that he has made a 180 degree turn in this e-book. In his own words, again: “As a story teller, I was gratified as the plot developed … from promising legal experiment to a dark parable of human nature. As an advocate for the rule of law, I was horrified.” Read more>>

September 8, 2014

Vanity “Unfair” and the Chevron case – Hot Air

Long time readers are probably familiar with Hot Air’s coverage of the years long debacle which comprised the Chevron Ecuador case, and how the energy (and jobs) providing company eventually prevailed over the hucksters. But it turns out that there were even more twists and turns to the story which involved some media surrogates to environmentalist lawyer Steven Donziger and the folks trying to pick Chevron’s pockets to the tune of $19B dollars. Read more >>

September 5, 2014

Vanity Unfair – The Weekly Standard

Now we learn that Donziger’s collaborators didn’t just include a Hollywood luminary but some of the biggest names in journalism as well. Read more >>

September 4, 2014

Donziger’s Attempt to Revise History Goes Awry

Steven Donziger and his team are desperately trying to rewrite the history of his long-running fraudulent scheme against Chevron in Ecuador. They found a willing partner in Rolling Stone, which published a story last week written almost exclusively from Donziger’s point of view. 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 >>