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Lawyer Who Beat Chevron in Ecuador Faces Trial of His Own

30 July 2013 | The New York Times

"I have admiration for anyone who is willing to take on a rich, powerful oil company," said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club."And to do it for more than two decades is either crazy or impressive and probably both."     More »

Federal Judge Grants Chevron Access to Private Internet Data

29 July 2013 | The Huffington Post

"Chevron fought particularly hard to enforce two extremely broad and invasive subpoenas against Amazon Watch, which has been running the Clean Up Ecuador Campaign for a decade."     More »

Court Gives Chevron Access to Nine Years of Americans' Email Metadata

22 July 2013 | TechDirt

Leaving aside the fact that the court thinks it's okay to do this even if it's just "non-Americans" who have their privacy violated here, Mother Jones points out that this claim that it only targeted non-Americans isn't, in fact, true. Pesky details.     More »

Court: Chevron Can Seize Americans' Email Data

In an almost unprecedented decision, a federal judge has allowed Chevron to subpoena Americans' private email data – and said the First Amendment doesn't apply.
22 July 2013 | Mother Jones

Thanks to disclosures made by Edward Snowden, Americans have learned that their email records are not necessarily safe from the National Security Agency – but a new ruling shows that they're not safe from big oil companies, either.     More »

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan Socks Ecuador Indigenous Groups With Huge Bills for His "Special Master" Friends

The Disturbing Story of the Secret Invoices of Max Gitter and Theodore Katz
16 July 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Judge Kaplan has socked impoverished indigenous groups in Ecuador with the exorbitant and secret bills of two "Special Masters" he appointed to oversee depositions in the case.     More »

Chevron Granted Access to Environmental Activists' Email Accounts

Is oil giant Chevron trying to stifle criticism of its Ecuadorian oil drilling operations by accessing private email accounts of critics?
15 July 2013 | The Guardian

Oil giant Chevron has been granted access to "more than 100 email accounts, including environmental activists, journalists, and attorneys" involved in a long-running dispute involving damage "caused by oil drilling" in Ecuador.     More »

Judge Approves Chevron Subpoena of Private Internet Info

11 July 2013 | Democracy Now!

A federal judge has approved a request by the oil giant Chevron to subpoena the personal Internet information of more than 100 people, including environmental activists, journalists and lawyers.     More »

In "Chilling" Ruling, Chevron Granted Access to Activists' Private Internet Data

"Sweeping" subpoena violates rights of those who spoke out against oil giant's devastating actions in Ecuador
11 July 2013 | Common Dreams

The US government is not the only entity who, with judicial approval, is amassing massive amounts of personal information against their so-called enemies. A federal judge has ruled to allow Chevron to collect the IP usage records and identity information for email accounts owned by over 100 environmental activists, journalists and attorneys.     More »

Chevron Shows the NSA How to Spy

A judge's decision that the First Amendment doesn't protect anonymous speech gives the oil company a big win
9 July 2013 |

According to a new ruling by a U.S. District Court judge, if you want to be anonymous, you give up your right to have your speech protected by the First Amendment. That's the alarming gist of Judge Lewis Kaplan's decision to give Chevron wide-ranging subpoena powers over the metadata associated with around 100 email accounts.     More »

Judge: Chevron Can Access Its Critics' Private User Information

8 July 2013 | EarthRights International

Kaplan’s decision upheld Chevron’s sweeping subpoena with an argument that is as breathtaking as the subpoena itself. According to Judge Kaplan, none of the accountholders could benefit from First Amendment protections since the accountholders had “not shown that they were U.S. citizens.”     More »