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Donziger Judge Warns No More Delay As Another Atty Leaves- Law360

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)

The judge overseeing Chevron foe Steven Donziger’s criminal contempt case warned Monday she’ll brook no delay of trial beyond Nov. 4 despite the withdrawal of yet another member of Donziger’s legal team.

The disbarred attorney, who faces misdemeanor charges over his refusal last year to turn over his electronic devices and passport in an underlying case concerning a $9 billion environmental judgment he helped clients win against Chevron in Ecuador, has argued the trial should be pushed back an additional month to accommodate the availability of his desired lawyer.

Previously set for September, the trial was postponed at the last minute by an extremely reluctant U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska after two lawyers were disqualified for potential conflicts and a third hired his own counsel to argue he couldn’t participate.

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