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14 Mai 2010

Kate Moser, Recorder [California, USA]

Judge Guts Chevron's Malicious Prosecution Suit Against Lawyer

A California federal judge threw out eight of nine claims in Chevron's malicious prosecution case against a Massachusetts lawyer on Wednesday. But while she granted most of the lawyer's anti-SLAPP motion, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken left the door open a crack for Chevron to try to prove one claim that Cristobal Bonifaz maliciously sued the energy giant... Kerr & Wagstaffe partner Jacqueline Scott Corley heralded Wednesday's decision as a vindication of her client [Bonifaz]... [Scott Edelman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which represents Chevron, said,] "Under no circumstances is this a vindication of Mr. Bonifaz. The case that he brought remains what it always was -- an effort to extort Chevron..."

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US judge throws out most of Chevron's claims against US lawyer for Ecuadorans who say company's pollution sickened them

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)