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  • "Winter Is Coming" as Chevron Fights Ecuadorians in Canada

    September 14, 2016 Two years before a judge in the Ecuadorian Amazon handed Chevron a massive judgment for oil pollution, one of its executives pledged to “fight this case until hell freezes over and then fight it out on the ice.” So it’s fitting that, after more than two decades of litigation across three continents, Chevron could face ... Read more...

  • Chevron Draws Protest on Climate and Ecuador

    May 25, 2016 By Adam Klasfeld of Courthouse News Service Amid low oil and natural-gas prices, Chevron reported a tough year at its annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Protesters outside headquarters said more troubles will lie ahead if the oil giant does not shift course on its approach to climate change and litigation with Ecuadoreans. Amazon Watch, a San Francisco-based ... Read more...

  • This Epic Environmental Lawsuit Just Got a Bit More Complicated

    November 6, 2015 During the tribunal, Chevron’s key witness admitted that there is no evidence to corroborate allegations that he received bribes or that he acted as a ghostwriter in the judgment against Chevron. He also conceded, in cross-examination, that elements of his sworn testimony were exaggerated and, in other cases, simply false. Read more...

  • Chevron’s Star Witness Admits to Lying in the Amazon Pollution Case

    October 26, 2015 By Eva Hershaw in VICE News In March of last year, California-based oil giant Chevron hailed a sweeping victory in a two-decade long legal battle in the Ecuadorean Amazon. A New York federal judge, Lewis Kaplan, ruled that a $9.5 billion Lago Agrio judgment leveled against the company by the small Andean country’s highest court, was ... Read more...

  • Ecuadorean Judge Backflips on Explosive Testimony for Chevron

    October 26, 2015 During secret proceedings in Washington, a key witness in undermining the $9.5 billion judgment Chevron faces in Ecuador repudiated much of his explosive testimony, transcripts made public today show. Read more...

  • Ecuadoreans Can Sue Chevron in Canada, Supreme Court Rules

    September 4, 2015 Ecuadorean villagers can sue Chevron and its Canadian subsidiary in an Ontario court to enforce a $9.5-billion (U.S.) judgment from Ecuador, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday. Read more...

  • Ecuador’s Battle for Environmental Justice Against Chevron

    June 2, 2015 The American public is largely uninformed about this epic struggle, even though it’s as important as the dispute over the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The mainstream US media, when it hasn’t ignored the case, has often taken Chevron’s side, implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) endorsing the company’s view that an alliance of Ecuadoran extortionists and crooked ... Read more...

  • Can Ecuador Bring Chevron to Justice?

    April 24, 2015 Judges in New York began hearing arguments in one of the biggest and longest-running environmental justice cases of all time. At stake is whether a developing country that happens to have oil can enforce its judgments against a multinational company. The results may tell Americans something about what the rule of law is worth in ... Read more...

  • Secret Report Shoring Up $9.8B Verdict Against Chevron Unveiled

    April 16, 2015 “There is … no evidence … that any document was copied from a USB device to either the new computer or the old computer and used to create any part of the Lago Agrio judgment between October 2010 and February 2011,” Racich wrote, referring to the dates of Zambrano’s tenure. “Nor has Mr. Lynch presented ... Read more...

  • Donziger’s Case Against Chevron, In His Own Words

    April 15, 2015 As one of the U.S. lawyers who worked with a talented group of Ecuadorian advocates to help win the judgment and who now finds himself the main target of Chevron’s retaliation campaign, I want to present my perspective on the history of this two-decade dispute and explain why I and others working for those affected ... Read more...

  • Leaked Videos Suggest Chevron Cover-up of Amazon Pollution

    April 10, 2015 Videos allegedly leaked by a whistleblower at Chevron Corporation purport to show employees and consultants paid by the energy giant finding petroleum contamination at sites in the Ecuadorean Amazon that the company claimed had been cleaned up years earlier. Read more...

  • Current Findings of Chevron’s Contamination in Ecuador “Just Scratch the Surface”

    April 9, 2015 A New Jersey-based environmental firm, the Louis Berger Group, has found illegal levels and harmful contamination at well sites in Ecuador where only Texaco explored for oil – no other oil company. It found lethal toxins that have migrated away from huge oil pits in streams people use for cooking, bathing and washing clothes. ... Read more...

  • The Chevron Tapes

    April 8, 2015 In 2011, a mysterious package arrived at our D.C. office. Beat up, rumpled and with no return address, a staffer avoided opening it fearing it may have been a bomb. We could never have guessed that the contents would instead turn out to be a smoking gun in one of the largest and longest-running environmental ... Read more...

  • The Chevron Tapes: Video Shows Oil Giant Allegedly Covering Up Amazon Contamination

    April 8, 2015 Another twist has emerged in a decades-long legal battle pitting residents of Ecuador’s Amazon forest and their controversial trial attorney against one of the world’s largest energy companies. Environmental advocates released a video today that they describe as evidence of attempts by Chevron to skirt Ecuadoran law and cover up contamination of the Amazon. Read more...

  • SF Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

    April 3, 2015 I walk a small path, surrounded by an infinite number of trees, plants and the scent of flowers. My lungs fill with pure, fresh air when I take a deep breath. My bare feet touch the ground, damp from yesterday’s rain. This is my home. This is where I grew up. This is what I ... Read more...

  • Chevron vs. Ecuador: Which Side Is the Manipulator?

    February 23, 2015 Your editorial on the Ecuador pollution lawsuit ignores judicial findings from three layers of courts that the oil company engaged in misconduct and fraud. By Steven Donziger, Wall Street Journal 23 February 2015 The editorial on the settlement between Chevron and financier James Russell DeLeon over the Ecuador pollution lawsuit ignores judicial findings from three layers of courts that ... Read more...

  • Letter to the Editor: Chevron GC ‘Omits Critical Facts’ About $9.5B Judgment in Environmental Case

    January 16, 2015 My letter to the editor was printed by American Lawyer Media in the Fulton Daily Report. This letter is a response to a recent speech by Chevron’s lead lawyer, Hew Pate, about the Ecuador case. It points out that Mr. Pate omitted “critical facts” about the company’s responsibility for toxic dumping in Ecuador: “Mr. Pate fails to ... Read more...

  • Donziger Files Reply Brief In Chevron’s Tottering RICO Case

    November 26, 2014 The numerous weaknesses in Chevron’s tottering RICO case against Steven Donziger are laid bare in this final brief that seeks to reverse a controversial decision by federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan.  Next up: oral argument in New York that pits rising appellate star Deepak Gupta — who represents Donziger — against one of America’s most ... Read more...

  • Ecuadorians File New Brief Before Federal Appellate Court

    November 7, 2014 Professor Burt Neuborne, lawyer for the Ecuadorain rainforest villagers fighting Chevron, files new brief to overturn Judge Kaplan’s flawed RICO decision. Read the brief here: Professor Neuborne Reply Read more...

  • Second Circuit Appeal Briefs and Amicus Briefs Filed

    November 5, 2014 A few months ago we previewed the numerous fatal flaws in Judge Lewis Kaplan’s March 2014 final decision in Chevron’s abusive RICO case.  While the decision’s legal excesses and cavalcade of vitriol against Steven Donziger certainly gave Chevron’s management team some short-term pleasure — and vindicated the company’s dramatic eve-of-trial decision to drop all its ... Read more...

  • Rolling Stone Exposes Chevron’s Dirty Tactics in Ecuador

    August 29, 2014 For more than two decades, energy giant Chevron and Ecuadorian activists, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, have been embroiled in a contentious lawsuit about who is responsible for contaminating a vast swath of the Amazon Image from the film Crude: The Real Price of Oil From: Rolling Stone On March 4th, a federal judge in New York ... Read more...

  • Five Reasons Why Judge Kaplan’s Decision in Chevron’s RICO Case Is Fatally Flawed And Will Be Reversed

    June 1, 2014 Five Reasons Why Judge Kaplan’s Decision in Chevron’s RICO Case Is Fatally Flawed And Will Be Reversed March 2014 View and/or download this document as a PDF Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s decision in favor of Chevron is deeply flawed both legally and factually and resulted from a bench trial overseen by a judge who repeatedly demonstrated his animus ... Read more...

  • Ecuador Villagers Seek to Block Patton Boggs Settlement Due to “Flagrant” Ethical Violations

    May 22, 2014 QUITO – Ecuadorian villagers are demanding that a U.S. federal court block the settlement between the Patton Boggs law firm and Chevron on the grounds that it contains “flagrant” ethical violations that impose severe prejudice on the indigenous rainforest communities that won a historic environmental judgment against the oil giant. The motion, available here, spared little in ... Read more...

  • Rainforest Villagers Exploring Legal Action to Nullify Settlement Between Patton Boggs And Chevron

    May 7, 2014 New York, New York – Rainforest villagers and their counsel have condemned the “betrayal” by the Patton Boggs law firm of their own clients by settling with Chevron and paying the oil giant $15 million. The villagers said they were exploring their legal options against the law firm to prevent it from further violating its ethical ... Read more...

  • Mar. 27, 2014 KPFA Radio Interview with Steven Donziger

    March 31, 2014   Click above to listen to an interview with Steven Donziger on KPFA radio program Up Front. Steven gives an update on the latest in the case and Chevron’s retaliatory RICO action. Download mp3 file. Read more...

  • Steven Donziger’s Response to Judge Kaplan’s Decision in Chevron RICO Case

    March 4, 2014 March 4, 2014 With all due respect to the court, this is an appalling decision resulting from of a deeply flawed proceeding that overturns a unanimous ruling by Ecuador’s Supreme Court. We believe Judge Kaplan is wrong on the law and wrong on the facts and that he repeatedly let his implacable hostility toward me, my ... Read more...

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

    March 4, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2014 Chevron’s Flawed RICO Decision in Ecuador Case Violates First Amendment and Will Backfire In International Courts, Defendants Say 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 ... Read more...

  • Donziger Files Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss RICO Case

    February 7, 2014 Yesterday, on February 6th, lawyers for Steven Donziger filed a Reply Motion in Support of Donziger’s Motion to Dismiss. Today, in the case of Sykes v. Harris, Miguel Estrada, a partner in the Gibson Dunn law firm—which also represents Chevron—is arguing before the 2nd Circuit that RICO doesn’t permit private parties to seek injunctive relief. In ... Read more...

  • Donziger’s New Appellate Team Comes Out Firing; Asks for Nullification of RICO Case

    January 29, 2014 It was only last week that lawyers for Steven Donziger as well as the Ecuadorian victims of Chevron’s pollution in the rainforest—sued alongside their longtime legal advocate—filed their final reply briefs in the oil giant’s retaliatory RICO case. Judge Lewis Kaplan is expecting to deliver a ruling in the coming weeks or months. But long expecting ... Read more...

  • Steven Donziger: Statement in Response to Allies’ Efforts to Oppose Chevron Retaliation Campaign

    January 23, 2014 Today, at a press event hosted by Sierra Club in Washington DC, some of the non-governmental allies who have signed an open letter condemning Chevron’s retaliation tactics against the Ecuadorian victims of the oil giant’s pollution spoke about why they believe the company’s tactics represent a threat to public advocacy. At this same event, longtime ... Read more...

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

    January 23, 2014 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 ... Read more...

  • Donziger & Ecuadorians Submit Reply Briefs in RICO Case

    January 22, 2014 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, ... Read more...

  • Press Event in DC Jan 23: Announcing 30+ Civil Society Orgs Condemning Chevron’s Retaliatory Attacks

    January 21, 2014 See below for a media advisory from Amazon Watch: MEDIA ADVISORY  |  AMAZON WATCH January 21, 2014 Contact: Karen Hinton, karen@hintoncommunications.com, 703-798-3109 Andrew Miller, andrew@amazonwatch.org, 202-423-4828 What:  Prominent civil society organizations announce effort vs. Chevron attacks on advocacy and announce new legal team in Ecuador pollution case When:  11am, Thursday, January 23rd Where:  Sierra Club Legislative Office, 50 F Street NW, 8th floor, ... Read more...

  • Lost In Translation: Justice for the Ecuadorian Villagers in Chevron’s Retaliatory RICO Trial

    January 8, 2014 Posted: 01/08/2014 12:04 pm Julio Gomez, a Columbia-born American lawyer, stunned a New York courtroom where Chevron is trying to attack a $9 billion Ecuador judgment against it for dumping toxic waste into the Amazon. When Gomez began his closing remarks in Spanish on behalf of the Ecuadorian villagers who won the judgment, he refused a translator ... Read more...

  • Chevron’s Disappearing Witnesses: RICO Trial Mystery?

    December 30, 2013 There’s a new post up on the Chevron Pit blog detailing the numerous witnesses that Chevron lawyer Randy Mastro touted in the lead-up to its RICO trial, only to scratch them off the list once the trial was under way. The post opens with two witnesses that Mastro promised would be devastating to Donziger and the ... Read more...

  • Lawyers for Donziger and Ecuadorians file post-trial briefs: Chevron’s RICO case faces ‘dead end’

    December 24, 2013 Lawyers for Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorian villagers he has long advised in their legal effort to hold Chevron accountable for its Amazon contamination filed post-trial legal briefs this week in response to the company’s retaliatory racketeering case. The 70-page brief, filed last night by lawyers for New York attorney Steven Donziger and available here, also ... Read more...

  • Breaking News: Huge Appellate Victory In Canada for Ecuadorian Rainforest Communities

    December 17, 2013 CLICK HERE to view and/or download the Canada Appellate  decision (PDF).   December 17—A court of appeal in Ontario, Canada this morning just dealt Chevron a stunning reversal of fortune in its long attempt to evade paying the Ecuador environmental judgment.  The decision is attached; a press release with additional comment is forthcoming. In summary, the Court of ... Read more...

  • Memo: Chevron’s RICO Trial to Nowhere

    November 26, 2013 Both sides will make closing arguments today, but Chevron’s multi-billion dollar Ecuador liability cannot be solved by controversial judge Lewis A. Kaplan even if he rules in favor of the oil giant, according to an analysis of the case by the plaintiffs outlined in a concluding legal memo. Click to read/download Chevron v. Donziger et al ... Read more...

  • Judge In Chevron’s Ecuador Case Suppresses Evidence of Oil Giant’s Environmental Abuses

    November 25, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2013 Contact: Chris Gowen, 610-513-0539, press@gowengroup.com Judge In Chevron’s Ecuador Case Suppresses Evidence of Oil Giant’s Environmental Abuses NEW YORK, /CSRwire/ – Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, overseeing Chevron’s RICO trial against Ecuadorian villagers and their lawyers, is suppressing critical witness testimony about Chevron’s extensive contamination of Ecuador’s rainforest that clearly demonstrates a  $9.5 billion ... Read more...

  • Testifying Today: Steven Donziger & Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader Javier Piaguaje

    November 18, 2013 Taking the stand today will be Javier Piaguaje, one of the original ‘named plaintiffs’ in the lawsuit against Chevron. Javier is a local leader from the Secoya indigenous community of San Pablo in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and has been involved in helping organize Secoya villagers and surrounding community members in their two decade-long efforts to ... Read more...

  • Donziger: Chevron’s $9.5 Billion Ecuador Liability A “Profound” Accomplishment for Indigenous Groups

    November 15, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2013 Contact: Chris Gowen, 610-513-0539, press@gowengroup.com   Donziger:  Chevron’s $9.5 Billion Ecuador Liability A “Profound” Accomplishment for Indigenous Groups   New York, New York – The $9.51 billion environmental judgment against Chevron in Ecuador represents a “profound” historical accomplishment by indigenous groups and is based on valid scientific evidence that the oil company deliberately dumped billions ... Read more...

  • Manipulated Outtakes: Chevron Attempts to Deceive the Court

    November 13, 2013 In an egregious example of Chevron’s bad faith and dirty tricks, Chevron manipulated video evidence to suit its false allegations. Chevron has entered outtakes from the documentary film Crude—which explored the Lago Agrio litigation— into evidence in the RICO trial. But first, editors working for Chevron manipulatively edited the clips, and along with the clips, ... Read more...

  • Highlights from Testimony of Nicolas Zambrano, Ecuador Judge Who Issued Landmark Ruling Against Chevron

    November 7, 2013 On Thursday, November 7, Nicolas Zambrano, the Ecuadorean judge who issued the landmark $19 billion judgment against Chevron in the Lago Agrio case, concluded his testimony in the oil giant’s retaliatory RICO trial against Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorean clients. Dr. Zambrano’s testimony—and his integrity—provided a stark counterpoint to those of Chevron’s star witness, disgraced ... Read more...

  • Letter to The Court: Unresolved Due Process Issues

    October 31, 2013 In a letter to Judge Kaplan submitted October 31, Steven Donziger states: “I write again to direct your attention to concerns that the due process rights of the defendants are being violated and that we are being denied our right to a fair trial as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.” The letter details a trial rife with due process ... Read more...

  • Motion filed to Strike Testimony of Chevron Witness Alberto Guerra

    October 30, 2013 Today, the legal team for Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorian Defendants in Chevron’s RICO suit filed a motion to strike the testimony of the company’s star witness, Alberto Guerra, on grounds that Chevron’s compensation for his testimony is tantamount to a bribe, not unlike the dozens Guerra admitted on the stand to making and taking ... Read more...

  • Letter to the Court: Donziger Expresses Fair Trial Concerns to Judge Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 In an October 23rd letter to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, Steven Donziger writes: “I write to record objections to certain procedures being used that I believe are interfering with my ability to mount a defense and violating my fundamental right to a fair trial.” Steven’s letter goes on to enumerate in detail issues in the proceedings currently ... Read more...

  • Interview with Steven Donziger

    October 28, 2013 Listen to this interview with Steven recorded on Friday, October 25, 2013 for Frank Murano’s weekly radio show on New York’s AM 970.  In the interview Steven explains the history of the original case, as well as delving into the retaliatory RICO trial currently underway in front of Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern ... Read more...

  • Chevron’s Star Witness Alberto Guerra’s Fatal Credibility Problems

    October 23, 2013 Download this document as a PDF. Chevron promises that Alberto Guerra, disgraced former judge in the Ecuadorian case, will testify to the company’s most explosive allegations—that the judgment against Chevron was ghostwritten by the Plaintiffs and that his efforts to seek bribes were partly on behalf of Judge Nicolas Zambrano, who issued the historic $19 billion ... Read more...

  • Chevron Withdraws Key Element of RICO Charge Against Donziger

    October 18, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2013 Contact: Chris Gowen, 610-513-0539, press@gowengroup.com Chevron Withdraws Key Element of RICO Charge Against Donziger New York, New York – With the first week of trial in Chevron’s RICO case over, it is becoming increasingly clear that the oil giant is facing significant hurdles as it attempts to salvage a verdict that will allow ... Read more...

  • Steven on Huffpost Live

    October 15, 2013 Watch Steven on HuffPost Live yesterday as he refutes the accusations and explains his mindset on the eve of a trial designed to destroy him and deny justice to the Ecuadorian victims of Chevron’s abuses in the Amazon. Steven sets the record straight when the host mentions outtakes showing Steven talking about bribes—an allegation Chevron hasn’t ... Read more...

  • Chevron’s Retaliatory Show Trial Opens in New York

    October 15, 2013 Today in a New York Courtroom,  Chevron’s campaign to evade accountability for its environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador officially enters a new, egregious, ridiculous stage. This morning, in Judge Lewis Kaplan’s courtroom on the 21st floor of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse in New York, Chevron’s team of lawyers assembled on one side, ... Read more...

  • PRESS KIT for Chevron v. Donziger, et al.

    October 15, 2013 On this page you’ll find the press kit, and supporting documents for Steven Donziger and his team in the RICO trial. Click on any of the links to download them.     Chevron v. Donizger et al. Press Kit     Trial Court Clarification – The Ecuadorian trial court’s clarification clearly stating that it “decided to refrain entirely from ... Read more...

  • On Eve of Trial, Kaplan Further Restricts Rights of Donziger and Ecuadorians

    October 11, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2013 Contact: Chris Gowen, 610-513-0539, press@gowengroup.com On Eve of Trial, Kaplan Further Restricts Rights of Donziger and Ecuadorians New York, NY  — Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has finalized ground rules for Chevron’s RICO case that will allow him to limit the most important witnesses from testifying in open court and would bar New York ... Read more...

  • Donziger Files Motion for New Attorneys to Represent Him at Upcoming Trial

    October 8, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2013 Contact: Chris Gowen, 610-513-0539, press@gowengroup.com Donziger Files Motion for New Attorneys to Represent Him at Upcoming Trial New York, NY  — Steven R. Donziger filed a motion today asking U.S. federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan to allow him to be represented by two prominent lawyers in a bench trial involving Chevron’s racketeering case ... Read more...

  • Denial of Jury Trial Statement

    October 7, 2013 From Christopher Gowen, spokesman for Steven Donziger and the Ecuadorian defendants, on Judge Kaplan’s decision today to deny the defendants a jury trial just one week before the beginning of the proceedings: “Given the documented evidence of his own bias, Judge Kaplan’s last-minute decision is a clear abuse of power and again shows Chevron does not ... Read more...