Chevron's response to ERI briefing about SLAPPs & judicial harassment
The Report falsely asserts that litigation filed by Chevron against Steven Donziger was a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (“SLAPP”)... Rather than targeting Mr. Donziger on the basis of his views or protected expression, Chevron’s claims stem from Mr. Donziger’s decades-long campaign of extortion and wrongdoing against Chevron. Mr. Donziger’s misconduct included ghostwriting a multibillion-dollar Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron that both U.S. courts and international tribunals have rejected as the product of bribery, corruption, and fraud.
... Chevron’s claims against Mr. Donziger were neither frivolous nor abusive. To the contrary, they were meritorious claims meant to curb fraudulent behavior by Mr. Donziger, and court after court has confirmed their validity. The subpoenas listed in the Report, purportedly “targeting” organizations critical of Chevron, are all related to Mr. Donziger’s pressure campaign to extort money from the company.1 Chevron prevailed against Mr. Donziger in U.S. District Court in New York, and the judge wrote an almost 500-page opinion exhaustively setting out the evidence of Mr. Donziger’s fraud and corruption... Chevron’s actions are about enforcing the rule of law and holding Mr. Donziger accountable for his own bad acts.