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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 »

Ecuador's Correa Calls for Chevron Environmental Boycott

17 September 2013 | AFP

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa called Tuesday for a global boycott of Chevron, as part of a campaign to highlight Amazon environmental damage Ecuador attributed to the US oil giant.     More »

Bribery Bombshell Threatens Chevron Legal Strategy in Ecuador Case

16 September 2013 | The Chevron Pit

Late last week, lawyer Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorian villagers who have fought for decades to force Chevron to clean up its poisonous mess in their rainforest lands filed a motion in U.S. Federal court that could spell an end to the oil giant's legal maneuverings and attempts to evade responsibility for its toxic legacy in the Amazon.     More »

Ahead of Trial, Chevron Drops $60 Billion Damages Claim Against Ecuadorians in RICO Suit

Maneuvering to Avoid Airing of its Crimes in Ecuador
10 September 2013 | The Chevron Pit

In a clear 11th-hour retreat that suggests it does not believe its own allegations, Chevron has taken the extraordinary step of pleading with a U.S. judge to block a jury from deciding its retaliatory “fraud” and RICO claims against Ecuadorian villagers and their U.S. lawyer.     More »

Judge Allows Chevron Additional Access to Email Usage Information of Activists, Lawyers

6 September 2013 | EarthRights International

Despite well-established case law recognizing the right to anonymous speech on the Internet, the judge held that online speakers forever waive their right to anonymity simply by using an email address.      More »

Appeals Court to Consider Removing Key U.S. Judge in Chevron-Ecuador Case

29 August 2013 | The Chevron Pit

A New York appellate court has said it will consider a petition to reassign federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan from an Ecuador environmental case that resulted in a $19 billion judgment against Chevron.      More »

Chevron: The NSA of the Corporate World?

23 August 2013 | The Chevron Pit

For anyone interested in how our national surveillance state and leading U.S. corporations work in lockstep, look no further than what Chevron is doing to spy on the critics of its environmental atrocities and human rights violations in Ecuador.      More »

Chevron Getting the Jitters Over Its RICO Case

Shaky Evidence and Appellate Court Scrutiny Starting to Disrupt Company’s Master Plan
20 August 2013 | The Chevron Pit

In an otherwise routine scheduling conference recently before Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, Gibson Dunn lawyer Randy Mastro suggested the oil giant was prepared to drop all damages claims against the Ecuadorians and their counsel, Steven Donziger, just to avoid a jury trial.     More »

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 »