All Press Releases

Federal Ruling in Ecuador Pollution Case Violates First Amendment

4 March 2014 | Amazon Watch

New York, NY – Amazon Watch stands with Ecuadorian communities in rejecting a misguided judgment delaying justice for some 30,000 indigenous people and farmers who continue to suffer from the company's toxic legacy in the Amazon rainforest.     Read more...

Chevron's Flawed RICO Decision in Ecuador Case Violates First Amendment and Will Backfire in International Courts, Defendants Say

4 March 2014 | Donziger and Associates

New York, NY – A decision in favor of Chevron in a New York RICO case is wrong on the facts and the law, violates the First Amendment, and has little chance of helping the oil giant block international enforcement actions, according to statements issued today by the defendants.     Read more...

Chevron Law Firm Gibson Dunn Concedes that Legal Basis for RICO Case Against Ecuadorians Is Invalid

Gibson Dunn argues to 2nd Circuit a position on RICO directly contrary to one it is taking before Judge Kaplan
6 February 2014 | Donziger and Associates

New York, NY – In a stunning development, the corporate law firm leading Chevron's campaign to evade a $9.5 billion Ecuador court judgment has filed briefs before a federal appeals court conceding that the oil giant's RICO case in the United States lacks a valid legal basis and might be fatally flawed.     Read more...

Donziger's New Legal Team Strikes Back at Chevron by Seeking Nullification of RICO Case

28 January 2014 | Donziger and Associates

New York, NY – In a bold and unusual move, the new appellate team representing New York attorney Steven Donziger is seeking to dismiss Chevron's retaliatory RICO case because the oil giant now admits that there is nothing that a U.S. court can do to block foreign enforcement proceedings targeting the company's assets.     Read more...

Advocacy Groups Blast Chevron for Retaliation Tactics Against Ecuador Villagers and Their Supporters

U.S. legal advocate for Ecuadorians announces crack appellate team as final briefs are filed in Chevron's Retaliatory RICO Case
23 January 2014 | Amazon Watch

Washington, DC – More than 40 U.S. civil society groups are coming to the defense of the Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities who won a historic environmental lawsuit against Chevron but have been subject to vicious retaliatory attacks by the oil company, according to a letter released today.     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...

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...

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...

As RICO Trial Ends, Chevron Still Faces Myriad Problems Over Ecuador Judgment Even If It Wins

26 November 2013 | Gowen Group Law Office

New York, NY – As Chevron's RICO trial winds down this week in New York federal court, the company faces a wave of ongoing problems related to its multi-billion dollar Ecuador liability that cannot be solved by controversial judge Lewis A. Kaplan even if he rules in favor of the oil giant.     Read more...