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U.S. Judge Kaplan "Open to Fair Criticism" For Driving Up Ecuadorians' Court Costs

6 May 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Lawyer blogger Ted Folkman of the law firm Murphy & King had three interesting observations in his latest blog about the motion by Steven Donziger's lawyer and the Ecuadorians' lawyers to withdraw from their defense in Chevron's U.S. effort to block enforcement of the $19 billion Ecuador judgment against the oil giant for massive oil contamination.     More »

Statement of Steven Donziger Regarding Withdrawal of Counsel from Ecuador Case

6 May 2013 | The Chevron Pit

"The historic judgment won by Ecuadorian rainforest communities against Chevron is not about me – nor is it about the United States. As Chevron itself recognized two decades ago when it demanded that the trial be heard in Ecuador, the litigation is about contamination in Ecuador, the suffering of the indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador, and it is now about a judgment rendered against Chevron in Ecuador that has been affirmed on appeal in Ecuador."     More »

Dumb Chevron Lawyer Tapes Himself Offering a Bribe in Ecuador

1 May 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron apparently got caught with its hand in the cookie jar again in its long-running campaign to weasel out of its $19 billion legal obligation in Ecuador. Only this time the company tripped all over itself, producing a tape in federal court made by company lawyer Andres Rivero that can only be described as staggering in its stupidity.     More »

On Oil Disasters: BP Took Responsibility; Chevron Hired Lawyers To Escape Justice

24 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

When I read the affidavit of my friend Douglas Beltman – who has been one of the scientists who spoke out against Chevron’s deliberate toxic dumping in Ecuador’s Amazon – I knew his testimony about the pollution and its impact had been coerced by Chevron.     More »

The Ugly Truth Behind the Burford-Chevron Settlement

23 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

It is becoming increasingly clear that Chevron’s so-called “settlement” with Burford Capital is beset by serious ethical problems. Just like the Stratus “settlement” that preceded it, this latest gambit by the oil giant will not diminish in the least its growing risk from the $19 billion adverse judgment.     More »

Note to Chevron: Your Trial Lawyers at Gibson Dunn Need Some Serious Help

23 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

It is becoming increasingly clear that Chevron's high-priced legal team in the $19 billion Ecuador case lacks basic trial skills. They looked like what they are: corporate lawyers representing a big oil company trying to crush its indigenous victims and their lawyers.     More »

Harvard University Hosts Representatives of Ecuadorians with $19 Billion Judgment Against Chevron

22 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is hosting representatives of the Ecuadorian indigenous groups who sued for and won a $19 billion judgment in Ecuador against Chevron for massive oil contamination.     More »

WikiLeaks Shows Nascent Oil Woes in Ecuador

17 April 2013 | Courthouse News

New York, NY – Long before Chevron's two-decade litigation over oil pits in the Amazon, its predecessor Texaco fretted with U.S. diplomats over frequent pipeline ruptures, bad press and tumultuous politics in Ecuador, WikiLeaks cables show.     More »

The Truth Behind the Stratus Affidavits

Scientific Evidence Against Oil Giant Remains Overwhelming
17 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

The Stratus affidavits did not change anything for Chevron's perilous legal position in the Ecuador environmental case where it faces a $19 billion liability, as well as asset seizure actions in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina.     More »

U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Request To Remove Biased Judge In Ecuador Case

12 April 2013 | The Chevron Pit

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals – the same court that stopped cold Chevron's effort to block enforcement of the $19 billion Ecuador judgment in 2012 – has agreed to hear arguments by the Ecuadorians on why U.S. trial court judge Lewis A. Kaplan is continuing to engage in acts of insubordination from the bench.     More »