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November 7, 2016

Third time’s a charm? Yet another U.S. Court ruling affirms anti-Chevron judgement obtained by “fraud”

Some people just can’t take a hint.

Take, for instance, plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger. 

His long-running litigation against Chevron on behalf of plaintiffs in Lago Agrio (LAP), Ecuador keeps getting slapped down by U.S. courts — but Donziger keeps pushing ahead with his abusive lawsuit.

In 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that a $9.5 billion judgement Donziger had obtained against Chevron was the product of fraud and racketeering and, thus, unenforceable in the U.S.

But Donziger appealed.

Then, in August of this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

But Donziger pushed on.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Appeals Court of the Second Circuit denied Donziger’s petition seeking a rehearing of that August decision.

Perhaps now Donziger will take the hint — but we’re not counting on it. 

After all, thus far he has proven a glutton for legal punishment.

As the Second Circuit noted in its August ruling, “[t]he record in the present case reveals a parade of corrupt actions by the LAPs’ legal team, including coercion, fraud, and bribery.”

And Donziger has actually now taken his “parade” to Canada, where he and the plaintiffs have asked an Ontario court to enforce the very judgement that’s been tainted by allegations of fraud.

We can only hope the Canadian court follows the lead of not one … not two … but three separate U.S. court rulings that have either ruled or affirmed that Donziger’s legal escapade is little more than a fraudulent crusade that must be stopped.

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