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23 Okt 2012

Adam Klasfeld, Courthouse News Service [USA]

Privacy Group Enters Chevron's Amazon Fray

Chevron wants to harass and intimidate critics of a massive oil contamination in Ecuador with intrusive subpoenas of more than 70 email accounts, privacy advocates say. Nearly two decades after filing their lawsuit, Ecuadorean aborigines and farmers won a $19 billion judgment against Chevron…for environmental and health damages…Chevron hit…Internet companies with subpoenas asking for information on dozens of email accounts, [troubling] the digital civil liberties watchdogs at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF. Joining up with Earthrights International, the EFF submitted a 34-page amicus…brief arguing that the subpoenas would intrude on the privacy…of the John Doe recipients…Chevron's spokesman Justin Higgs says that the subpoenas seek nothing more than the type of information sought by Steven Donziger, one of the lead attorneys for the Ecuadoreans.

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Chevron seeks email logs from Google, Microsoft & Yahoo! targeting people who sent messages to plaintiffs' legal team in Ecuador oil pollution case

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)