On March 4, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation for alleged contamination was the product of fraud and racketeering activity, finding it unenforceable. The ruling found that Steven Donziger, the lead American lawyer behind the Ecuadorian lawsuit against the company, violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), committing extortion, money laundering, wire fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, witness tampering and obstruction of justice in obtaining the Ecuadorian judgment and in trying to cover up his and his associates’ crimes.
Today, an article by American Lawyer reporter Michael D. Goldhaber details how Gibson Dunn, the law firm tapped by Chevron in 2009, combatted the foreign plaintiffs’ fraud by aggressively exposing it in U.S. courts. The complete story can be found in Goldhaber’s e-book, “Crude Awakening: Chevron in Ecuador” (Kindle Single, August 20, 2014).
Read the full article here.