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28 Jan 2013

Paul Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek

Payoffs to Ex-Judge Are Latest Twist in Chevron Case [Ecuador]

The latest plot twist [in the Chevron case] comes via a…federal court filing in New York by lawyers for the oil company, which…was hit by the monster verdict in connection with contamination in the Amazon jungle in eastern Ecuador…[A] former Ecuadorian judge named Alberto Guerra…says under oath that he was paid thousands of dollars by lawyers representing jungle residents for illegally ghostwriting judicial orders favoring the plaintiffs and issued under the name of a subsequent judge in the case…[A] spokeswoman for Donziger and the plaintiffs, countered that Chevron had bought false testimony from Guerra… [A] spokesman for Chevron, acknowledged…that the company has paid Guerra …“for information”…Despite the February 2001 verdict, Chevron has vowed that it will never pay a dime to plaintiffs... The company has no assets to speak of in Ecuador, so Donziger’s team has launched suits to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in courts in Canada, Brazil, and Argentina, where Chevron has billions of dollars of assets.