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3 Mai 2013

Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Jump Ship in Pollution Fight Against Chevron

Faced with an enormous 2011 oil-pollution verdict in Ecuador, Chevron turned the tables on its main legal foe, launching a fierce counter-attack against the lead plaintiffs’ lawyer in federal court in New York. That onslaught raised serious questions about the tactics that activist attorney, Steven Donziger,…employed to win the $19 billion judgment in Ecuador. Now it has cost Donziger some of his most important lawyer-allies in the U.S., who have quit the fight, saying they lack the resources and will to battle Chevron… In its counterattack, a civil racketeering suit filed against Donziger in 2011 in federal court in Manhattan, Chevron alleged that Donziger used bribes, false evidence, and even ghostwritten court documents to secure his victory. He denies the accusations, which he says the oil company is using as a pretext to avoid paying what it owes in Ecuador…[Also refers to Texaco, Petroecuador]