News and Multimedia from 2013

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.     Read more...

Chevron Faces Dead End In Coming Months Over Its RICO Claims, Assert Lawyers for Villagers

24 December 2013 | Gowen Group Law Office

New York, NY – Chevron's RICO case is facing a dead end in the coming months because a U.S. court is barred by law from sitting in judgment of another country's judiciary.     Read 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.     Read more...

Prominent Organizations Publicly Condemn Chevron's Actions in Ecuador Case

18 December 2013 | Amazon Watch

Oakland, CA – Today, a dozen prominent environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, and Food and Water Watch issued a public letter condemning Chevron's actions in its decades-long legal battle to evade responsibility for deliberately dumping billions of gallons of toxic wastewater into the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.     Read 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."     Read 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.     Read more...

Breaking News: Canada Orders Enforcement Action to Proceed Against Chevron in Ecuador Pollution Case

17 December 2013 | UDAPT (Union of Communities Affected by Texaco)

Toronto, Canada – Indigenous and farmer communities in Ecuador scored a major victory over Chevron today when an Ontario appeals court ruled they have the right to pursue enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron's assets in Canada.     Read more...

Analysis: Why Chevron's RICO Case Won't Survive Appeal and Will Backfire Abroad

13 December 2013 | Gowen Group Law Office

New York, NY – Chevron's RICO case will not survive appeal in the U.S. and will backfire against the oil giant in foreign courts where Ecuadorian villagers are trying to collect on their $9.5 billion judgment to pay for a clean-up of their polluted ancestral lands.     Read 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.       Read 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.     Read more...