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Chevron’s Effort to Collect From Extortionist Lawyer May Proceed- Bloomberg Law

The lawyer of Ecuadorean people affected by Texaco-Chevron --who have long sought compensation for pollution between the 1970s and early 1990s-- Steven Donziger, speaks during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito. Earlier this month, a US judge upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. Donziger announced they will appeal against this decision. AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO BUENDIA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chevron Corp. will have its day in court to get discovery from the lawyer who led a corrupt effort to extort billions of dollars from the company through a scheme involving its operations in Ecuador, a federal court in New York ruled.

Suspended lawyer Steven Donziger asked the court to delay a Dec. 12 hearing while he faces criminal contempt charges also associated with Chevron’s discovery efforts to recover an $800,000 judgment from him.

The upcoming hearing deals with a civil contempt order, the opinion by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said. There’s nothing in the criminal contempt charges or the broader context of this case that warrants a delay, it said.

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