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Chevron v. Donziger Is the $19 Billion Trial to Watch

The oil company is seeking to avoid a major fine imposed for environmental damage caused in Ecuador
15 October 2013 | Salon.com

The case deserves the attention it is receiving because it will help define the extent to which the U.S. legal system can be used to sort out alleged overseas misconduct of American multinationals. It will also help define the extent to which would-be American vindicators of the poor overseas will be held accountable for their alleged misconduct in foreign legal proceedings. Billions of dollars are at stake, as are the unhappy conditions in which tens of thousands of Ecuadorian villagers live.     More »

Chevron Fights Amazon Pollution Verdict in U.S. Court

15 October 2013 | IPS

Two years after they were awarded 18 billion dollars by an Ecuadorian court for environmental damage caused by Chevron in the Amazonian rainforest, a group of indigenous villagers and their U.S. lawyer went on trial Tuesday in New York, accused by the oil company of bribery and racketeering.     More »

Chevron Ecuador Case Shows Limits of Legal System

14 October 2013 | Huffington Post

Nothing better demonstrates how ineffective the judiciary can be at righting wrongs than the $19 billion legal battle over Texaco's massive oil contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest from 1964 to 1990.     More »

Judge Kaplan Denies Jury Trial for Donziger and Ecuadorians

8 October 2013 | The Chevron Pit

“This critical decision made only days before trial virtually guarantees Chevron its desired outcome from a judge who already has decided all key issues in the case before evidence has been presented,” said Donziger spokesman Chris Gowen.     More »

Whose First Amendment Rights Are These Anyway?

4 October 2013 | EarthRights International

Chevron's multifaceted crusade against environmental and human rights activists and lawyers provides a deeply problematic blueprint other companies may be tempted to mimic to strike back against critics.     More »

Donziger Defends Right to Jury in $19B Chevron RICO Trial

4 October 2013 | Law360

Attorney Steven Donziger on Friday fought back against an attempt by Chevron Corp. to secure a bench trial in its racketeering suit over a disputed $19 billion Amazon pollution judgment, saying the nature of the claims against him still entitle him to a jury trial.     More »

Chevron Seeks to Avoid Jury Trial for Its Ecuador Suit

Case Involves Lawyer Who Won $19 Billion Judgment Against the Firm in 2011
30 September 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Donziger and representatives of the Ecuadorians deny Chevron's claims and accuse the company of improper conduct in the 20-year-old legal battle. Mr. Donziger said he would oppose Chevron's request for a nonjury trial. "I think this decision clearly proves that Chevron does not believe in the validity of its own case," he said.     More »

Richmond Mayor Returns from Ecuador, Vows to Turn Up Heat on Chevron

26 September 2013 | Contra Costa Times

Richmond, CA – After a nearly sleepless six-day excursion through Ecuador to tour sites of environmental devastation, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said she has returned to Richmond with a broadened perspective and steeled resolve to continue her struggle against big oil, including her city's biggest taxpayer.     More »

Chevron General Counsel Distorts Arbitration Ruling to Hide $19 Billion Ecuador Liability

Reporters Get Sucked In By Chevron’s Spin
24 September 2013 | The Chevron Pit

R. Hewitt Pate, Chevron’s General Counsel, faces a series of cascading problems relating to the company’s $19 billion Ecuador liability. That might explain his irrational exuberance last week over an inconsequential ruling in favor of Chevron issued by a private investor arbitration panel that bizarrely purports to exercise authority over Ecuador’s entire public judicial system.     More »

Chevron Imports the Great Ted Olson to Save Its RICO Case

Signs of More Serious Trouble for Oil Giant as It Tries to Evade Ecuador Judgment
20 September 2013 | The Chevron Pit

The great Republican lawyer Theodore Olson – who argued the winning side in the famous Supreme Court case that landed George W. Bush the presidency – is joining the company’s legal team just days before a critical argument before a New York appellate court.     More »