Donziger Announces New Appellate Team; Files Motion to Dismiss Chevron’s RICO Suit

As outlined in a press release issued by Amazon Watch, one of the major developments announced today in the Chevron-Ecuador case is the new appellate team for Steven Donziger in Chevron’s RICO case. Leading the team is Deepak Gupta of DC-based Gupta Beck law firm.

Gupta, 36 and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, worked for seven years at the Public Citizen Litigation Group before founding his own law firm in 2012. He has argued several significant cases before federal and state appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Yesterday, Deepak and his team made a bold and unusual opening move — a motion arguing that the District Court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case at all, and must dismiss it before deciding anything else. This motion follows the final reply briefs filed Tuesday by lawyers for Donziger, as well as the Ecuadorians.