An attorney who was suspended from practicing law after it was determined that he and his partners had been complicit in acts of “coercion, fraud and bribery” is still profiting from a judgment he obtained against Chevron in Ecuador, according to court filings.
In February 2011, a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, issued an $18 billion judgment against Chevron that was later reduced to $9.5 billion. The company has been defending itself against allegations that it is responsible for environmental damage in the Amazon region of Ecuador since the early 1990s. In a previous post, I explained how Chevron acquired documents containing evidence of unlawful collusion between attorneys, environmental activists, and Ecuador’s judiciary.
In March 2014, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York issued a 500-page ruling in favor of Chevron that said New York attorney Steven Donziger and his associates “submitted fraudulent evidence” and that the judgment in Ecuador was obtained by “corrupt means.” Kaplan also said in his decision that Donziger and the other members of his legal team should not be permitted to profit from the ruling in Ecuador. The court ruling came in response to a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit Chevron had filed against Donziger and other attorneys involved in the case. RICO is the federal law that allows for the prosecution of organized crime.