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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