ChevronToxico

News & Multimedia from 2014

Oil Giant Chevron Abuses Anti-Mob Laws to Target Cartoonist

Chevron claims that a cartoon criticizing the oil company's lawsuit against Ecuadorian villagers is an extortion attempt.
13 February 2014 | AlterNet

“The nutshell version is this,” explains Fiore. “Chevron was sued by villagers in Ecuador for leaving toxic waste all over the jungle. Chevron lost the case and was hit with a multibillion-dollar judgment. Chevron appealed and lost that, too. Then Chevron filed RICO charges against the villagers and the lead attorney on the case....accusing them of racketeering and being involved in a huge conspiracy to clean up the jungle and extort money from Chevron.”     Read more...

How Chevron Might Have a Lawsuit Against Its Own Law Firm for Blowing the RICO Case

13 February 2014 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron's "Dream Team" at the Gibson Dunn law firm has yet to come up with an explanation for its monumental mistake last week in undermining the company's RICO case against Ecuadorian villagers and their lawyers.     Read more...

Chevron's Own Lawyers Jeopardize Fate of Chevron-Ecuador RICO Lawsuit

12 February 2014 | EarthRights International

Last week, Gibson Dunn may have shot the Chevron case in the foot, arguing to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that a private party can’t seek an injunction under RICO. This is the opposite of the argument they've made in Chevron’s RICO lawsuit in the district court in New York.     Read more...

Catch-22 Could Ensnare Chevron Lawyers Fighting Ecuador Verdict

7 February 2014 | Courthouse News Service

New York, NY – Chevron's own law firm could scuttle the efforts to negate a $9.5 billion oil-spill judgment from the Amazon in a Friday hearing for different clients.     Read more...

Chevron Law Firm Gibson Dunn Concedes that Legal Basis for RICO Case Against Ecuadorians Is Invalid

Gibson Dunn argues to 2nd Circuit a position on RICO directly contrary to one it is taking before Judge Kaplan
6 February 2014 | Donziger and Associates

New York, NY – In a stunning development, the corporate law firm leading Chevron's campaign to evade a $9.5 billion Ecuador court judgment has filed briefs before a federal appeals court conceding that the oil giant's RICO case in the United States lacks a valid legal basis and might be fatally flawed.     Read more...

Chevron's Now Going After Political Cartoonists

The oil conglomerate is claiming injuries from a satirical video
5 February 2014 | Salon.com

How desperate is Chevron to get out of paying billions in damages for oil contamination in Ecuador’s rainforest? Very, according to Mark Fiore. The Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist claims the company has filed court documents over a satirical video he made in conjunction with the environmental nonprofit Amazon Watch.     Read more...

Chevron Cries: "Please Your Honor, Make the Cartoons Stop!"

5 February 2014 | Eye on the Amazon

Cartoons are dangerous. In fact, Chevron wants a US Federal Court to believe cartoons are even more dangerous than dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon and then suing the very people it poisoned.     Read more...

Christie Defense Lawyer Randy Mastro Has Ethical Problems of His Own

Who Ordered Christie's Attack Memo On Wildstein – Straight from the Randy Mastro Playbook?
3 February 2014 | The Chevron Pit

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s choice of a defense lawyer to lead him through his various scandals is becoming more and more curious. After all, that lawyer – Randy Mastro of the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher – has his own rather extraordinary history of controversy and ethical problems.     Read more...

Ecuador Wins Discovery Battle Against Chevron

31 January 2014 | Courthouse News Service

Chevron must hand over documents that Ecuador believes will help it in arbitration that the oil giant initiated to fight a multibillion environmental verdict, the 9th Circuit ruled.     Read more...

Donziger's New Appellate Team Comes Out Firing; Asks for Nullification of RICO Case

29 January 2014 | The Chevron Pit

The move to dismiss the RICO case is based largely on Chevron's surprise admission in its final post-trial brief that it cannot block foreign enforcement proceedings that rainforest villagers are using to collect on their $9.5 billion environmental judgment.      Read more...