News and Multimedia from 2010

Plaintiffs Up Alleged Chevron Damages in Ecuador

17 September 2010 | Associated Press

The plaintiffs suing Chevron Corp. over oil contamination in a large swath of Ecuador's jungle have raised their estimate of damages to a range of $40 billion to $90 billion. The plaintiffs' previous damages claim of $27 billion had been endorsed by the court-appointed expert in the bitter, long-running case.     Read more...

Discovery Closed In $27B Enviro Suit Against Chevron

17 September 2010 | Law360

An Ecuadorean judge overseeing a multibillion-dollar environmental suit accusing Texaco Petroleum Co. of polluting the Amazon rain forest has closed the evidentiary phase of the trial, even though Texaco parent Chevron Corp. hoped to present more information discovered through related litigation in U.S. courts.     Read more...

Chevron Faces Tens of Billions in Clean-up Costs; Potential Death Toll Put at 10,000 in Ecuador Rainforest

Top American Technical Experts Weigh In On High-Profile Damages Case
17 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

A group of highly respected American technical and medical experts, using conservative assumptions, have concluded that it could cost Chevron up to tens of billions of dollars to clean up oil waste discharged into Ecuador's rainforest and compensate local communities for the damage it caused over the 26 years it operated a large oil concession, according to valuation assessments submitted Thursday to the Ecuador trial court.     Read more...

Judge Orders Deposition Of Chevron's Covert Filmmaker

16 September 2010 |

A federal judge in California has ordered the deposition of Diego Fernando Borja Sanchez, the sometime Chevron contractor who filmed ex parte meetings with the judge formerly presiding over a long-running lawsuit over oil spills in the Ecuadorean jungle.     Read more...

Ecuador Allowed to Depose Witness

16 September 2010 | San Francisco Daily Journal

At the Republic of Ecuador's request, a magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered a man who secretly videotaped an Ecuadorean judge in an alleged bribery scheme involving a massive environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. to appear for an Oct. 1 deposition.     Read more...

Court Orders Deposition of Chevron Contractor

Judge Says Evidence Suggests Borja Was Not "Innocent Third Party" but "Longtime Associate" Whom Chevron "Would Pay for Any Favorable Testimony"
16 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Ordering that a Chevron contractor be deposed to explain his involvement in the oil giant's attempts to derail a multi-billion environmental lawsuit against it in Ecuador, a federal district court judge has ruled that evidence suggests Diego Borja is a "longtime associate of Chevron's whom Chevron would pay for any favorable testimony."     Read more...

New Damages Assessments Due Thursday in Ecuador, but Chevron Refusing to Participate

Judge Has More than 100 Expert Reports as Oil Giant Continues to Obstruct Judicial Process
15 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New damages assessments from both Chevron and the Amazonian communities are due in Ecuador's court Thursday, but Chevron has indicated it likely will refuse to participate despite complaining previously it never had the opportunity to submit its own damages report.     Read more...

With Discovery Bid, Ecuador Turns Tables On Chevron

14 September 2010 | San Francisco Daily Journal

The Republic of Ecuador, which has seen its judicial system come under attack by Chevron Corp. in the last year, has taken a strategy from the oil giant's legal playbook in an effort to defend itself in an arbitration in The Hague.     Read more...

Lawsuit Targets Chevron "Dirty Tricks" Operative Over Ecuador Video Corruption Scandal

Chevron's Diego Borja Faces Deposition in U.S. Over Activities In Ecuador
14 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron employee Diego Borja, the oil giant's self-proclaimed "dirty tricks" operative in Ecuador, has been targeted with a subpoena and deposition demand in California where he now lives on Chevron's payroll within miles of its global headquarters, the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal reported today.     Read more...

Chevron Fraud in Ecuador: Response to Article

13 September 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Roger Parloff's legal analysis in Fortune is one-sided and fails to adequately capture the enormous financial risk faced by Chevron in Ecuador, even if one accepts his erroneous theory about fraud regarding an expert damage assessment.     Read more...