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Sludge Match: Inside Chevron's $9 Billion Legal Battle with Ecuadorian Villagers

For more than two decades, energy giant Chevron and Ecuadorian activists, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, have been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit about who is responsible for contaminating a vast swath of the Amazon
28 August 2014 | Rolling Stone

"What gets lost in the twists and turns of this lawsuit is the only thing that matters," says Mitch Anderson of ClearWater, a NGO that works to provide clean water to the affected communities. "The people of the Amazon continue to grow crops out of contaminated soil and bathe in contaminated rivers."     More »

Conflict of Interest: Businessweek's Paul Barrett Now an Advocate for Chevron in Ecuador Dispute

31 July 2014 | The Chevron Pit

With his track record of bias in favor of Chevron already part of the historical record, Businessweek’s Paul Barrett appears to have become a full-blown public advocate for the oil giant in its legal dispute with Ecuadorian villagers over the massive contamination of their ancestral lands.      More »

False Testimony Forced Chevron to "Prep" Its Million-Dollar Witness for 50 Days in Ecuador Case

24 July 2014 | Huffington Post

Chevron lawyers prepped their million-dollar star witness for 50 days about a bribe alleged in the oil giant's retaliatory RICO lawsuit against a group of Ecuadorian indigenous peoples and their U.S. lawyer. It took Chevron that long to try and get Alberto Guerra's story straight.     More »

Chevron's Ill-Fated RICO Suit Facing Doom and Gloom

17 July 2014 | The Chevron Pit

Legal briefs filed this month before a New York federal appeals court appear to dismantle the very foundation of the shameful Chevron-financed "racketeering" show trial that went down in late 2013 in the courtroom of controversial federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan.      More »

EarthRights International and Amazon Watch File Amicus Briefs in Chevron Appeal

16 July 2014 | EarthRights International

The latest chapter in the seemingly endless Chevron/Ecuador litigation began last week with attorney Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients submitting separate appellate briefs to the Second Circuit arguing that the district court’s decision in favor of Chevron should be reversed.     More »

Human Rights Organizations File Amicus Brief Opposing Chevron RICO Decision

Ruling poses serious threat to free speech and democracy
15 July 2014 | Amazon Watch

Oakland, CA – Chevron and U.S. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan have acted to trample the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens who dare to speak out against human rights abuses, environmental destruction and corporate misdeeds, according to human rights and environmental organizations Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network, among others.     More »

Defending Our First Amendment Rights from Chevron

15 July 2014 | CSR Strategy Group

In an unprecedented legal move, 17 U.S.-based civil society organizations – among them Amnesty International, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, and Friends of the Earth – have just filed an amicus brief in federal appeals court defending their First Amendment rights from attack by Chevron.     More »

Law Scholars from 11 Countries Urge Reversal of Chevron RICO Decision, Saying Judge Kaplan Violated International Law

Support for Villagers Increasing as Human Rights and Environmental Groups Also Urge Reversal of Controversial Decision
11 July 2014 | Donziger and Associates

New York, NY – Thirty-six international law scholars from 11 countries have joined numerous civil society organizations and the government of Ecuador in asking a New York appeals court to overturn what they call a second unlawful attempt by federal trial judge Lewis A. Kaplan to "dictate" to the world's courts that they should block enforcement of the $9.5 billion Ecuador environmental judgment against Chevron.     More »

Donziger Appeal: Judge Kaplan Allowed Corrupt Witness Testimony, Violated International Law and Stretched RICO Past "Breaking Point"

8 July 2014 | Hinton Communications

New York, NY – U.S. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan stretched the RICO statute beyond its "breaking point," committed reversible error by accepting corrupt witness testimony, disregarded the overwhelming scientific evidence of Chevron's contamination in Ecuador, and unlawfully interfered with a final decision from another nation's Supreme Court when he imposed an injunction in favor of the oil company in a two-decade dispute with rainforest villagers over widespread oil contamination.     More »

Chevron's Ecuadorean Foes Invoke Scalia on Appeal

7 July 2014 | Courthouse News Service

Ecuadoreans hoping to overturn a decision declaring their $9.5 billion environmental verdict against Chevron fraudulent argued that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would have endorsed how the oil giant's litigation was handled there, in a surprising 2nd Circuit brief.     More »