Lawyers for Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorian Defendants in Chevron’s retaliatory RICO case have submitted their post-trial reply briefs in the case.
Both briefs deftly lay out the hollowness of Chevron’s allegations, and explain how Chevron’s scorched earth legal efforts are designed to crush those who would hold the company accountable for its contamination in Ecuador, and distract from the oil giant’s abuses and dirty tactics in attempting to evade accountability.
Click below to read and/or download the briefs:
POST-TRIAL REPLY MEMORANDUM OF STEVEN R. DONZIGER
Both briefs (33 & 43 pages, respectively) are concise and readable, in contrast to Chevron’s sprawling 127-page reply brief which is, as usual, long on bluster and very short on dealing with actual legal issues.
The reply brief submitted for Donziger begins:
Well before this case went to trial, renowned trial attorney John Keker observed that the case had “degenerated into a Dickensian farce. Through scorched-earth litigation, executed by its army of hundreds of lawyers, Chevron is using its limitless resources to crush defendants and win this case through might rather than merit.”
Chevron’s latest display of might over merit comes in the form of approximately one thousand pages of post-trial briefing, proposed findings, and exhibits. But the only thing this show of force manages to prove is that brevity is indeed the soul of wit. In fact, the sheer heft of Chevron’s papers only makes the legal and factual holes in its case more apparent.