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Ecuador Files Frivolous Lawsuit Against Chevron To Evade International Arbitration Hearings

“By commencing the arbitration, it is Chevron that is trying to escape its commitments,” – Eric Bloom, attorney representing the Government of Ecuador

On the contrary, the Republic of Ecuador’s complaint against Chevron in the Southern District of New York is frivolous in much the same way as the lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador.  Both are based on the made-up idea that Chevron agreed in 2001 to submit itself to the jurisdiction of Ecuador’s courts.   But Chevron, which was in no way involved in the proceedings in 2001, never consented to anything, and Texaco certainly never agreed to submit to jurisdiction in Ecuador to face fabricated claims, biased courts, and corrupt proceedings being dictated against it by Ecuador’s government.  That is precisely why Chevron initiated its BIT arbitration.  The arguments made by the Republic in its New York lawsuit ignore these basic truths and are not grounds for enjoining arbitration anyway.   Given the extensive docket of international arbitration claims challenging Ecuador’s repeated disregard for its legal obligations and the rights of investors in its country, it is not surprising that Ecuador would seek to evade another reckoning by an honest, international panel.

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#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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