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Chevron Foe Denied Stay of Verdict Whacking Him for Ecuador ‘Fraud’ – Courthouse News Service

MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge showed no patience Friday for the lawyer whom he blasted last month for using fraud to extort a multibillion judgment from Chevron in Ecuador.

Steven Donziger, an American attorney for Ecuadoreans harmed by decades of oil pollution in the Amazonian rainforest, had hoped to stay a decision finding that his “corrupt means” secured the $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron back in 2011.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s 497-page ruling, which included another 87 pages of appendices, forbade Donziger, Hugo Gerardo Camacho Naranjo and Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje from profiting off their bribery scheme.

In refusing to stay that ruling Friday, Kaplan said the irreparable-harm claim contradicts arguments Donziger and his cohorts made to the 2nd Circuit last year. Though Donziger and the others would have to show that they face irreparable harm without a stay of Kaplan’s judgment pending their appeal, “movants identify no credible threat of irreparable injury should that occur.”

“Indeed, their claims of irreparable injury rest on a pastiche of unsupported assertions, contradictions of undisputed evidence, and fertile imagination,” Kaplan wrote. “Nor have they shown any likelihood of appellate success on any legal issue that would alter the relief granted here.”




#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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