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Lawyer Donziger Faces Criminal Contempt After Chevron RICO Row- Bloomberg Law

Date: May 11, 2020

A former attorney whose $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. over contamination in Ecuador was found to have been obtained by bribery, coercion, and fraud failed to shake off criminal contempt charges for failing to turn over his electronic devices and passports and failing to give up his rights to fees from the Ecuadorian case.

The criminal contempt claims may proceed against suspended attorney Steven Donziger for disregarding the orders of Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in the civil litigation filed by Chevron challenging the Ecuadorian judgment, Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said.

The court rejected Donziger’s argument that he already purged some of the criminal charges by taking corrective action.

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