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PRESS KIT: Chevron v. Donziger et al.

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The Ecuadorian trial court’s clarification clearly stating that it “decided to refrain entirely from relying on Expert Cabrera’s report when rendering judgment” and that “the report had NO bearing on the decision.”

Chevron’s Motions in Limine requesting that Judge Kaplan preclude Defendants from offering at trial the overwhelming scientific evidence regarding the contamination caused by Chevron in Ecuador, evidence essential to Steven Donziger and his clients’ defense.

Judge Kaplan’s order denying Steven Donziger and his clients the opportunity to have a jury decide the merits of Chevron’s claims against them.

Judge Kaplan’s order allowing three laptops for his and his client’s entire legal defense team.

Judge Kaplan’s opion compelling the production of certain evidence, and imposing broad sanctions on essential evidence that Steven Donziger and his clients may introduce during the RICO trial.

 

Recent examples of media coverage of RICO Trial:

Steven Donziger on HuffPost Live

Steven refutes the allegations against him and explains his mindset on the eve of the RICO trial:

Recent Highlights

Seeking Justice in Ecuador
By Trudie Styler, The Huffington Post, March 5, 2014
“Instead of owning up to its grave responsibility in Ecuador, Chevron instead has spent millions of dollars creating what appeared to me a modern Kafkaesque drama in the courtroom, where suddenly the victims of Chevron’s contamination in Ecuador have become the accused, and the polluter has become the victim; an absurd theatre where justice has been turned on its head.”

The Grave Injustice of Overturning Chevron’s $9.5 Billion Responsibility for Toxic Pollution in Ecuador
By Mark Karlin, Truth-Out.org, March 5, 2014
“The only “illegal and wrongful” conduct that appears to be readily apparent is Chevron’s continued willful negligence in causing pollution, illness, and death to go unremediated in Ecuador.”

Since When Did Lobbying and PR Become Extortion?
By Karen Hinton, Politico Magazine, January 28, 2014
“I do advocacy work. So why am I accused of being part of a criminal conspiracy?

Print Coverage

Appellate Counsel for Chevron’s Foes Tapped Ahead of Verdict
Courthouse News, January 23, 2014

Most Maligned Lawyer in America’ Opens Up as End of Trial Nears
Courthouse News, November 25, 2013

“They are trying to destroy my life”: Chevron’s legal war on its harshest critic
Salon, November 24, 2013

Chevron Fights Amazon Pollution Verdict in U.S. Court
IPS News, October 15, 2013.

Pollution Evidence Seeps Into Chevron Fraud Trial
By Adam Klasfeld, Courthouse News, October 17, 2013.

Chevron Vs. Ecuador: $19 Billion Environmental Contamination Case Takes More Bizarre Turns in New York Court
By Patricia Rey Mallén, International Business Times, October 18, 2013

Donziger, Ecuadorians file motion to strike former judge’s testimony
By Jessica Karmasek, Legal Newsline, October 30, 2013

Below are some examples of media coverage on the Chevron-Ecuador case.

Video

 

60 Minutes: Amazon Crude

Investigative news magazine 60 Minutes takes an in-depth look at the battle over Chevron’s responsibility for massive contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Scott Pelley reports.

BBC Television Newsnight: Rumble in the Jungle

Investigative journalist Greg Palast travels to Ecuador to report on the legal rumble over Chevron’s pollution of indigenous and farmer communities in the Amazon. Includes disturbing interviews with Chevron attorneys who chuckle when asked about data showing Ecuadorian children in the region are suffering from cancer.

 

Amazon Watch: Chevron in Ecuador — A Defining Moment

Produced by Amazon Watch and narrated by actor and activist Peter Coyote, this video provides a penetrating look at almost two decades of legal battles culminating in the landmark legal victory by the rainforest communities that have been devastated by Chevron’s pump-and-dump oil operations.

Video Overview: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

Over nearly three decades of oil drilling , Chevron admitted to dumping more than 18 billion gallons of toxic waste water into Ecuador’s rainforest.  Local residents have suffered from a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. Now, with the support of an international campaign for justice, the communities affected by Chevron’s negligence are holding one of the world’s largest oil companies accountable. Watch:

Periodismo Para Todos — Chevron/Texaco Toxic Tour

From Argentina’s Periodismo Para Todos – Reporter Jorge Lanata traveled to Ecuador to report on the environmental devastation wrought by Chevron. Watch the dramatic testimony of the victims:

 

 

News Articles

New York TimesEcuador Judge Orders Chevron to Pay $9 Billion
By Simon Romero & Clifford Krauss, February 14, 2011. A judge in a tiny courtroom in the Ecuadorean Amazon ruled Monday that the oil giant Chevron was responsible for polluting remote tracts of Ecuadorean jungle and ordered the company to pay more than $9 billion in damages, one of the largest environmental awards ever.
Read the full article here.

VanityFairVanity Fair: Jungle Law
By William Langewiesche, May 2007. In 1972, crude oil began to flow from Texaco’s wells in the area around Lago Agrio (“sour lake”), in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Born that same year, Pablo Fajardo is now the lead attorney in an epic lawsuit, among the largest environmental suits in history. Read the full article here.

 

The Ecologist: David v Goliath: Chevron plots to avoid cleaning up oil pollution in Amazon rainforest
By Tom Levitt, January 9, 2012. Ecuador government urged not to give in to pressure from the U.S. oil giant Chevron to drop record $18 billion fine for its part in the “Chernobyl of the Amazon.” Read the full article here.

NY court: Judge can’t block $18B Chevron judgment
Associated Press, January 26, 2012. A judge overstepped his authority when he tried to ban enforcement around the world of an $18 billion judgment against Chevron for environmental damage in Ecuador, a federal appeals court said Thursday. Read the full article here.

Mother Jones: Will the Lawsuit Over Oil Contamination in Ecuador Ever End?
By Kate Sheppard, January 19, 2012. In the past few weeks, there have been several developments in the ongoing lawsuit that Ecuadorian communities have filed against Chevron for polluting the Amazon. On Jan. 4, an appeals panel in the country sided with the communities and upheld the $18 billion judgment previously leveled against the oil giant. Read the full article here.

Editorials

New York TimesNew York Times: Disaster in the Amazon
Editorial by Bob Herbert, June 4, 2010. BP’s calamitous behavior in the Gulf of Mexico was the big oil story for the past year. But for many years prior, indigenous people from a formerly pristine region of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador have been trying to get relief from an American company, Texaco (which later merged with Chevron), for what has been described as the largest oil-related environmental catastrophe ever.  Read the full article here.

ForbesForbes: The Chevron Way
Editorial by Steven Donziger, Sept. 16, 2009. Chevron is not upholding its stated ethical values in Ecuador.  In fact, Chevron is violating American values in Ecuador’s Amazon region given the increasing evidence of harm  to the environment and health risks for thousands of men, women and children. Read the full article here.

 

Blogs

ChevronPitThe Chevron Pit
Maintained by the legal team, The Chevron Pit is frequently updated with press releases, announcements, news, and analysis on the ongoing battle for justice. Visit The Chevron Pit.

 

 

Chevron in Ecuador
Maintained by Amazon Watch’s Clean Up Ecuador campaign team, Chevron in Ecuador is a repository of information and analysis related to the efforts of grassroots supporters in the U.S. and around the world to highlight Chevron’s misconduct in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Visit Chevron in Ecuador.

 

Further Reading

Canadian court allows Ecuadorans to pursue Chevron suit
December 17, 2014
Bloomberg News

Chevron Loses Another Bid to Block $18 Billion Ecuador Award
By Patricia Hurtado, January 20, 2012.
Bloomberg News

Ecuadoreans Are Two Steps Closer Toward $18.2B Chevron Judgment
By Adam Klasfeld, January 9, 2012.
Courthouse News Service

Indigenous Ecuadoran woman humbles US oil giant
By Valeria Pacheco, Feb 23, 2011.
AFP News

Chevron Payment to Witness Revealed
By Rebecca Beyer, March 8, 2011.
The Daily Journal

Rainforest Chernobyl: Litigating Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America
By Steven Donziger, Winter 2004.
Human Rights Brief (Volume 11, Issue 2)

Rainforest Chernobyl Revisited: The Clash of Human Rights and BIT Investor Claims
By Steven Donziger, Laura Garr, and Aaron Page, Winter 2010.
Human Rights Brief (Volume 17, Issue 2)

A $16 Billion Problem
By Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, Jul 25, 2008.
Newsweek

Texaco Toxic Past Haunts Chevron as Judgment Looms
By Michael Smith and Karen Gullo, December 30, 2008.
Bloomberg

Chevron says these people don’t matter
By Lou Demmateis. April 12, 2012.
Huffington Post
Press kit and supporting documents:

PRESS KIT: Chevron v. Donizger et al.,

The Ecuadorian trial court’s clarification clearly stating that it “decided to refrain entirely from relying on Expert Cabrera’s report when rendering judgment” and that “the report had NO bearing on the decision.”

Chevron’s Motions in Limine requesting that Judge Kaplan preclude Defendants from offering at trial the overwhelming scientific evidence regarding the contamination caused by Chevron in Ecuador, evidence essential to Steven Donziger and his clients’ defense.

Judge Kaplan’s order denying Steven Donziger and his clients the opportunity to have a jury decide the merits of Chevron’s claims against them.

Judge Kaplan’s order allowing three laptops for his and his client’s entire legal defense team.

Judge Kaplan’s Opinion compelling the production of certain evidence, and imposing broad sanctions on essential evidence that Steven Donziger and his clients may introduce during the RICO trial.