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Donziger Seeks To Delay Contempt Case Due To Pandemic- 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)

New York environmental attorney Steven Donziger on Wednesday asked the federal judge overseeing his criminal contempt case stemming from a yearslong saga with Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador to delay his upcoming trial in light of logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Donziger’s bench trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 9. However in a letter to U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, his lawyer asked that the proceeding be continued until it can be conducted safely and fairly, and after certain related proceedings have been resolved. 

Richard Friedman of Friedman Rubin PLLP noted that all of Donziger’s attorneys and many of the expected witnesses currently reside outside of New York, and thus would be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the state, pursuant to an order by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued in response to the spread of the coronavirus around the country. 

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