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Donziger To Judge: Don’t Call Private Prosecutor ‘Gov’t’

Date: Feb 4, 2021

Chevron foe Steven Donziger wants a New York federal court to ban the use of the label “the government” to describe Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel LLP, the private practice lawyer appointed by a court to pursue contempt charges against him.

The disbarred human rights lawyer faces a May misdemeanor criminal contempt trial arising from his disobeying post-trial court orders in a long-running civil fight with Chevron, stemming from a $9 billion environmental pollution judgment Donziger obtained in Ecuador against the company.

In the run-up to his trial, Donziger says accuracy should compel the court to halt the use of the label “the government” for and by Glavin, who is pursuing charges lodged in the summer of 2019 by the civil case judge, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan.

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