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Donziger Wants NY’s High Court To Review Disbarment- Law360

Date: Sep 24, 2020

Chevron foe Steven Donziger is asking New York’s highest court to review a decision to disbar him in the state, saying he was given no chance to defend himself against a federal court’s finding that he committed fraud in a $9.5 billion environmental case in Ecuador.

Donziger was disbarred in August after the state’s First Department appellate court accepted a federal judge’s 2014 finding that Donziger helped ghostwrite a $9.5 billion environmental judgment for his clients in Ecuador. The Second Circuit upheld that decision in 2016. A three-person Attorney Grievance Committee suspended Donziger’s license in 2018.

In the August disbarment decision, the First Department rejected a neutral referee’s recommendation that Donziger not be disbarred, saying the referee overlooked the ‘magnitude’ of Donziger’s misdeeds, but it held no hearing.

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