Chevron is gaining support from some non-traditional quarters in its civil racketeering case against plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger.
Seven different amicus briefs were filed this week supporting “aspects of Chevron’s case”, including from women’s rights group, Legal Momentum (known until 2004 as the NOW Legal Defense and Educational Fund). The group “supports Chevron’s position on the key legal question of whether courts can issue injunctions in private civil racketeering cases.”
A group of “six human rights and anti-corruption jurists” also have filed briefs in the case.
“Advocates for human rights do not advance human rights by violating them,” argue the jurists, “and the corrupt pattern of fraud, extortion, and bribery described by the District Court, if accurate, denies the fundamental human rights to due process of law and a fair trial. … Human rights ends, in short, cannot be promoted through corrupt means.”
The briefs were filed in connection with an appeal by Donziger and two of his clients in Chevron’s suit against Donziger under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
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