On March 4, 2021, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision on seveal appeals filed by Steven Donziger, the now-disbarred attorney who had obtained a mammoth judgment against Chevron CVX +1% in Ecuador after bribing the Ecuadorean trial judge and ghost-writing his opinion.
To recall, seven years ago, after a seven-week trial, the federal District Court for New York’s Southern District entered a final judgment under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The judgment awarded damages in the form of litigation costs and attorneys’ fees to Chevron, imposed a constructive trust for Chevron’s benefit on funds obtained by Donziger traceable to the Ecuadorian judgment, and enjoined Donziger from seeking to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in the United States and from engaging in activities that would allow him to profit from the fraudulently procured judgment. The Second Circuit has already affirmed the RICO judgment, and the Supreme Court denied further review.
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