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Desperation: Chevron CEO Asked Venezuela President for Help on Ecuador

In 2014, Watson Faces Host of  Challenges As Company Tries to Evade Accountability for Toxic Dumping
9 January 2014 | The Chevron Pit

One example of the company's desperation: news reports from Latin America recently disclosed that Watson pleaded in person with Venezuela’s new President, Nicolas Maduro, for help in blocking enforcement of the Ecuador judgment.     More »

Lost In Translation: Justice for the Ecuadorian Villagers in Chevron's Retaliatory RICO Trial

8 January 2014 | The Huffington Post

In the opening of his final brief on behalf of the Ecuadorians, Julio Gomez aptly wrote: "The United States courts have failed the Ecuadorian Amazon communities." Within the next two months Kaplan is expected to issue his opinion. In the eyes of the Ecuadorians that is all it will be - his opinion and, an arrogant one, at that.     More »

Chevron Became Terrified of Its Own Witnesses During Retaliatory RICO Trial

30 December 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Looking back on Chevron’s retaliatory RICO trial, it is clear that the oil company’s lawyers were so terrified of some of their own witnesses that they literally ordered them to stay away from court.     More »

NGOs Condemn Chevron for Assaults on Free Speech

Following the most recent of Chevron's legal maneuvers to avoid responsibility for environmental damage in Ecuador, a group of nongovernmental organizations publish an open letter condemning its tactics
20 December 2013 |

Chevron is an example of how not to engage with stakeholders. For years, shareowners have sought to engage with Chevron over the potential long-term damage of choosing "to fight till hell freezes over and then fight it out on the ice," as the company's own legal counsel described its strategy for dealing with a $9.5 billion judgment against it for environmental destruction in Ecuador.     More »

Ontario Court Revives Chevron Amazon Pollution Case

17 December 2013 | The Globe and Mail

Referring to comments from a Chevron spokesman that the company would "fight this until hell freezes over" and then "fight it out on the ice," Justice James MacPherson of the Court of Appeal writes: "Chevron's wish is granted. After all these years, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs deserve to have the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment heard on the merits in the appropriate jurisdiction. At this juncture, Ontario is that jurisdiction."     More »

Could Hell Be Starting to Freeze Over in Canada?

17 December 2013 | Eye on the Amazon

"This order will allow us the opportunity to hold Chevron accountable for fleeing the scene of its environmental crimes in Ecuador after a valid judgment was entered against it," said Fajardo, lead lawyer for the communities.     More »

After the Smoke Clears: What Chevron's RICO Show Trial Means, with Hindsight

12 December 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Now that the evidentiary phase of Chevron’s retaliatory RICO bench trial against New York human rights lawyer Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients is over, we can take a deep breath and analyze what really happened before the controversial Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. The answer is not much, other than one of the greatest abuses of the American civil justice system ever.       More »

Ecuador's Highest Court vs. a Foreign Tribunal: Who Will Have the Final Say on Whether Chevron Must Pay a $9.5 Billion Judgment for Amazon Devastation?

Investor-State Tribunal of Three Private Lawyers Ignores Years of U.S. and Ecuadorian Court Rulings, Tries to Extinguish Indigenous Communities' Rights to Sue Chevron for Contamination
11 December 2013 | Eyes on Trade

The tribunal’s latest decision left one thing abundantly clear: the investor-state regime is not constrained by domestic court rulings, Constitutions, international law, or a basic sense of decency.     More »

The Truth Has No Place in Kaplan's Court

26 November 2013 | Eye on the Amazon

How on Earth could this unlikely and significant victory be so ridiculously, unethically and illegally turned on its head and evolve into the shocking display that just played out in a US Federal Court?     More »

"Most Maligned Lawyer in America" Opens Up as End of Trial Nears

25 November 2013 | Courthouse News Service

New York, NY – ​For his role in securing a roughly $9.5 billion judgment for environmental devastation in Ecuador, attorney Steven Donziger has been branded a "racketeer" by Chevron, pilloried in the press, and saddled with allegations that could sap his finances and stain his professional reputation. So, what makes him so calm, cheerful and confident that he will have the last laugh?     More »