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Judge Kaplan Denies Jury Trial for Donziger and Ecuadorians

8 October 2013 | The Chevron Pit

“This critical decision made only days before trial virtually guarantees Chevron its desired outcome from a judge who already has decided all key issues in the case before evidence has been presented,” said Donziger spokesman Chris Gowen.     More »

Whose First Amendment Rights Are These Anyway?

4 October 2013 | EarthRights International

Chevron's multifaceted crusade against environmental and human rights activists and lawyers provides a deeply problematic blueprint other companies may be tempted to mimic to strike back against critics.     More »

Donziger Defends Right to Jury in $19B Chevron RICO Trial

4 October 2013 | Law360

Attorney Steven Donziger on Friday fought back against an attempt by Chevron Corp. to secure a bench trial in its racketeering suit over a disputed $19 billion Amazon pollution judgment, saying the nature of the claims against him still entitle him to a jury trial.     More »

Chevron Seeks to Avoid Jury Trial for Its Ecuador Suit

Case Involves Lawyer Who Won $19 Billion Judgment Against the Firm in 2011
30 September 2013 | The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Donziger and representatives of the Ecuadorians deny Chevron's claims and accuse the company of improper conduct in the 20-year-old legal battle. Mr. Donziger said he would oppose Chevron's request for a nonjury trial. "I think this decision clearly proves that Chevron does not believe in the validity of its own case," he said.     More »

Richmond Mayor Returns from Ecuador, Vows to Turn Up Heat on Chevron

26 September 2013 | Contra Costa Times

Richmond, CA – After a nearly sleepless six-day excursion through Ecuador to tour sites of environmental devastation, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said she has returned to Richmond with a broadened perspective and steeled resolve to continue her struggle against big oil, including her city's biggest taxpayer.     More »

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 »