Friday, October 25, 2013

Chevron v Donzinger Trial: Twenty years of litigation. A $19 billion judgment. Sixty law firms and......

American Lawyer Reporter Michael Goldhaber
Overview of the case
"Chevron v. Donziger: A Dickensian Cheat Sheet"
Twenty years of litigation. A $19 billion judgment. Sixty law firms and 2000 legal professionals — and that's just on one side. Chevron in Ecuador can plausibly claim to be the messiest case since Jarndyce sued Jarndyce. "This scarecrow of a suit," as Dickens said in Bleak House, "has become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means." Fortunately, The American Lawyer has been clearing the thicket of Chevron's Amazon case from the start.

Michael Goldhaber's book on the case will be published this summer. More info to follow.

From the Wall Street Journal on Alberto Guerra testimony

A former Ecuadorean judge testified Wednesday that he was paid $1,000 a month to ghostwrite rulings and “expedite” proceedings in an environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador that ultimately resulted in a $19 billion judgment against the oil giant.

Wall Street Journal Story
Chevron v Donzinger
story link
Former Ecuadorian Judge Alberto Guerra on the stand during the Chevron vs Donzinger trial
Steven Donzinger seated far right,

Guerra testifies via an interpreter, ( woman standing on left)
Manhattan Federal Court, Judge Lewis Kaplan presiding
artwork by Elizabeth Williams