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Chevron wins a round in U.S. suit against lawyer in Ecuador case – Reuters

Date: Apr 28, 2014

A federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by a U.S. lawyer to stall the enforcement of a ruling that found he used fraud to secure a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp in Ecuador. …

Kaplan ruled Donziger had bribed a former judge to ghost-write the Ecuadorean judgment and committed other improprieties, finding him liable for fraud and racketeering.

Donziger had asked Kaplan to put the decision on hold while a federal appeals court considers the merits of his challenge, a process that will likely take months to resolve.

But in Friday’s order, Kaplan said Donziger’s arguments for a stay were largely “without merit.”

Donziger’s “claims of irreparable injury rest on a pastiche of unsupported assertions, contradictions of undisputed evidence and fertile imagination,” Kaplan’s opinion said.

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