For years, the Ecuadorian government, environmental activist groups and calculating lawyers have used images of oil pits, spills and indigenous peoples in the Amazon to mislead the public and pressure Chevron into settling a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against the company. Rather than give in to these tactics, Chevron has fought back, exposing the lawsuit as a fraud and holding the purveyors of that fraud accountable.
The fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador began over 20 years ago. A group of lawyers and activists concocted a plan to extort billions from Chevron. In 2011, an Ecuadorian court issued a judgement against Chevron for $19 billion, but evidence of rampant fraud and misconduct were revealed. In 2014, a U.S. Court found that the lawyers behind the case violated federal racketeering laws, committing mail and wire fraud, money laundering, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
Steven Donziger and his team claim the $19 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador is based on "overwhelming scientific evidence." But according to his own scientific experts, their so-called scientific evidence was completely fabricated. One by one, Donziger's scientific experts have testified that when the science didn't go their way, Donziger and his team simply made it up.
This video, developed by Chevron, provides an overview of facts about its subsidiary Texaco Petroleum Company's operations in Ecuador and the fraudulent lawsuit against the company. For more information about the Ecuador lawsuit, visit Chevron.com/Ecuador.