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Chevron's Star Witness in $9.5 Billion Ecuador Oil Pollution Claim Admits: "I Lied"

28 October 2015 | The Ecologist

Chevron's polluted house of cards has come crashing down around them. Guerra is a liar – and he freely admits it. Chevron can either double down and insist Guerra was "before it before he was against it" or denounce him now – in which case they can never argue he's credible by any stretch.     More »

"Yes, I Lied": Vindicating Villagers, Star Chevron Witness Busted for Perjury

"Chevron has taken the people of Ecuador and the U.S. court system on a ride, full of lies, deliberate delay, and obstruction of justice, says Amazon Watch
27 October 2015 | Common Dreams

In what is being called "a dramatic turn" in a protracted legal battle, documents publicized Monday reveal that the star witness in a case pitting rainforest villagers against a multinational oil giant has admitted to lying under oath in an effort to help Chevron avoid paying a $9.5 billion judgment for deliberate pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.     More »

New Evidence Shows Chevron Witness Lied In $9.5 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

26 October 2015 | CorpWatch Blog

A key witness has admitted under oath that he lied on behalf of Chevron, the California oil multinational, when the company sued to overturn a $9.5 billion verdict for pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.     More »

Ecuadorean Judge Backflips on Explosive Testimony for Chevron

26 October 2015 | Courthouse News

During secret proceedings in Washington, a key witness in undermining the $9.5 billion judgment Chevron faces in Ecuador repudiated much of his explosive testimony, transcripts made public today show.     More »

Chevron's Star Witness Admits to Lying in the Amazon Pollution Case

26 October 2015 | VICE News

In testimony given before the international tribunal, Guerra has now admitted that there is no evidence to corroborate allegations of a bribe or a ghostwritten judgment, and that large parts of his sworn testimony were exaggerated and, in other cases, simply not true.     More »

Hague Tribunal Paid Secret Visits to Amazon Oil Pits

20 October 2015 | Courthouse News

As the Amazon rainforest transitioned to its dry season, three international arbitrators investigating how Ecuadorean courts handled multibillion-dollar environmental litigation against Chevron sojourned into the oil-contaminated jungle.     More »

Chevron's Academic Corruption Over Ecuador Pollution Spreads to NYU School of Law

20 October 2015 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron's recruitment of academics to promote the oil giant's increasingly hapless attempts to defend its Ecuador pollution disaster appears to have compromised the ethics of two more professors at a prominent institution of higher learning. This time, the credibility blow handed out by Chevron is being suffered by New York University.     More »

Ricardo Reis Veiga: Architect of Chevron's Fraud In Ecuador

9 October 2015 | The Chevron Pit

Chevron CEO John Watson is the one person ultimately responsible for his company's refusal to abide by the rule of law and pay a $9.5 billion judgment for toxic dumping on in Ecuador's rainforest. But we cannot forget that another high-level Chevron executive currently in Watson's employ –Ricardo Reis Veiga – did much of Chevron's corrupt "dirty work" in the South American nation and deserves to be held accountable for his leading role in the misconduct.     More »

Chevron's Defense In Canada: The Abusive Litigation Strategy Continues

5 October 2015 | The Chevron Pit

As we predicted, Chevron's jurisdictional shell game to evade its legal obligations to the people of Ecuador has now hit the courts of Canada with full force. One might remember statements by various Chevron officials a few years ago that the company planned to fight the villagers it poisoned in Ecuador until "hell freezes over, and then skate it out on the ice." This blog describes one way the company tries to make it work in practice.     More »

Ecuadorean Rainforest Communities Continue Their Long Fight Against Chevron

25 September 2015 | Huffington Post

The good news from the Supreme Court of Canada is spreading quickly through the rainforest communities in eastern Ecuador, along the dirt roads and over the local radio stations. For more than two decades, 30,000 poor farmers there have campaigned for environmental justice against the Chevron corporation, which they accuse of polluting vast stretches of their territory. On September 4, Canada's high court ruled unanimously that the Ecuadoreans can put the American oil giant on trial in Toronto, in an effort to seize $9.5 billion in damages from its Canadian subsidiary.     More »