News and Multimedia from 2011

Ecuador Government Criticizes U.S. Judge for Comments about Country's Court System

In Legal Brief, Government Urges Appeals Court to Dissolve Injunction over $18 Billion Chevron Judgment
20 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Ecuador's government has taken the extraordinary step of asking a U.S. appeals court to rein in New York judge Lewis A. Kaplan for his "belittlement" of their country's court system and for mocking the Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities who recently won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron, according to legal papers filed recently in New York.     Read more...

Delegation from Ecuadorian Amazon Demands Justice from Chevron

Delegation from Ecuadorian Amazon Demands Justice from Chevron

14 June 2011

In 1993, Elias Piaguaje traveled to New York to file a landmark lawsuit against Chevron. Elias' nephew Humberto returned 18 years later, carrying with him a historic guilty verdict.     Read more...

International Law Scholars Say Attempt by U.S. Judge to Block $18 Billion Court Judgment Against Chevron "Unlawful" and "Futile"

Scholars Ask Appellate Court to Dissolve Order of Judge Lewis A. Kaplan
13 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A group of 16 international law scholars have asked a federal appeals court in New York to overturn what they say is a U.S. trial court's "futile" and unlawful injunction that purports to prohibit foreign citizens from Ecuador from collecting an $18 billion judgment against Chevron in courts around the world.     Read more...

U.S. Federal Judge Insults Ecuadorian Indigenous Plaintiffs Who Won $18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron

Legal Papers Ask for Removal of Lewis A. Kaplan Due to Inappropriate Comments, Apparent Bias Against Historic Lawsuit
7 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A U.S. federal judge in New York is questioning whether the Ecuadorian indigenous plaintiffs who for almost two decades have battled Chevron in one of the world's largest environmental litigations even exist, according to a legal brief asking an appellate panel to order the judge off a case involving the Ecuadorians because of his apparent bias against their lawsuit.     Read more...

The Man Who Humbled Chevron

Ecuadorian lawyer Pablo Fajardo succeeded against the petroleum giant with the largest compensation in history for environmental crimes
6 June 2011 | El País

This is the story of an ecological catastrophe thirty times worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill, according to the plaintiffs. It is also that of a sentence, dictated by a judge in the town of Lago Agrio, Ecuador, that signed for the most costly compensation demand in history in a judicial action for environmental crimes: 8.560 billion dollars. In between, decades of suffering and death, in a place where surviving the daily misery was already difficult enough.     Read more...

Chevron Issues New Discovery Requests in Six Federal Courts to Deplete Funds of Ecuadorian Plaintiffs, Lawyers Say

Even Interns Working on Historic Lawsuit Receive Oil Giant's Subpoenas
4 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – Chevron is renewing its strategy to deplete the modest financial resources of the Ecuadorian indigenous plaintiffs who won an $18 billion judgment against the company by issuing discovery requests in six federal courts seeking thousands of documents.     Read more...

Chevron CEO Misled Shareholders at Annual Meeting with Corporate Video

Narrator Repeated False Statements in Cynical Bid to Blunt SEC Probe & Investor Outrage
1 June 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

New York, NY – A corporate video shown by Chevron CEO John Watson at last week's annual meeting was an attempt to mislead shareholders about the company's $18 billion Ecuador liability in the wake of a potential SEC probe, representatives of Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities said Tuesday.     Read more...

Investors Ask SEC to Probe Chevron Over $18 Billion Ecuador Liability

Annual Meeting Dominated by Issues Relating to Ecuador Environmental Catastrophe
26 May 2011 | Amazon Defense Coalition

San Ramon, CA – With an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador hanging around its neck, Chevron's management now faces the unpleasant prospect of an SEC probe and a growing revolt among large shareholders upset with the company's failure to contain the risk related to the historic environmental lawsuit.     Read more...

Chevron Feels the Heat

Annual Shareholder Meeting Brings Huge Protests For Oil Giant's Abuses Around the World
26 May 2011 | AlterNet

San Ramon, CA – "We are the human face of Chevron's operations, armed with the memories of our dead relatives, our neighbors, our sick children," said one woman who traveled from Ecuador.     Read more...

Third Circuit Issues Not-So-Veiled Rebuke to Judge Kaplan in Lago Agrio Litigation Against Chevron

25 May 2011 | American Lawyer

Judge Thomas Ambro made a point of offering some stinging words about American judges that don't respect the judicial systems of other countries. "The Chevron applicants are asking that American courts make a finding that the attorneys in a civil case in Ecuador can control the Ecuadorian criminal justice system."     Read more...