Where Goldhaber and I agree is that the ends-justify-the-means strategy embraced by Donziger and his allies undermined the rule of law and set a precedent that will impede future attempts to vindicate human rights via the courts. Read more >>
In March, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that Donziger “formulated and conducted a scheme to victimize a U.S. company through a pattern of racketeering” in the case, including bribing the Ecuadorean judge. Read more >>
Plagiarized documents from Donziger’s hard drives would provide the most persuasive proof that the Lago Agrio judgment was ghostwritten. Read more >>
“What has blatantly occurred in this matter would in fact be considered fraud by any court,” observed one magistrate judge. The “Crude” outtakes, remarked another, “sent shockwaves through the nation’s legal communities, primarily because the footage shows, with unflattering frankness, inappropriate, unethical and perhaps illegal conduct.” Read more >>
Barrett has poured over court documents and countless other materials related to the Ecuador v Chevron case, all of which have lead him to conclude that the plaintiffs — including leading New York attorney Steven Donziger — may be exploiting the people of the Ecuadorian rainforests for their own reasons. Read more >>
Section 1782 can be a powerful discovery tool, and litigants would be wise to conduct themselves with the same caution employed in U.S. proceedings.
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Newly filed appeals in the Chevron-Ecuador oil pollution case have set the stage for a potentially important court decision on the reach of the federal anti-racketeering statute as a corporate tool for combating liability lawsuits.
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Burford Capital, a litigation-finance firm, was just getting aloft in 2010 when it invested $4 million in a controversial pollution lawsuit against Chevron (CVX) in Ecuador. The transaction went sour very quickly.
I doubt that Ecuador will start its presentation with Judge Kaplan’s 500-page decision against Donziger (via Business Roundtable), where Kaplan found not only Donziger but the entire Lago Agrio plaintiff team guilty of fraud Read more >>
Chevron Corp. filed court papers Monday defending a settlement of claims that Patton Boggs LLP covered up the corruption underpinning an Ecuadorian court’s discredited $9.5 billion pollution judgment, slamming opposition from the underlying plaintiffs and their attorney Steven Donziger as a publicity stunt. Read more >>
Chevron filed yesterday its opposition to Steven Donziger and the Lago Agrio Plaintiffs’ (LAPs’) motion to intervene in Chevron’s settlement agreement with Patton Boggs. Chevron’s motion, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is available here.
The Republic of Ecuador – through their Ambassador to the United States, Nathalie Cely – and Steven Donziger’s PR team …