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4 Sep 2009

Simon Romero & Clifford Krauss, New York Times

Under Pressure, Ecuadorean Judge Steps Aside in Suit Against Chevron

Chevron’s monumental legal battle over oil contamination in Ecuador…may not be about to conclude anytime soon. Ecuador’s attorney general…requested that the judge in the contamination lawsuit against Chevron recuse himself after Chevron obtained audio and video recordings that appeared to link officials in the party of Ecuador’s president…to what Chevron claims was a bribery scheme connected to the case. The judge, Juan Núñez,…said he had done nothing improper and described the videos…as edited and digitally manipulated…In a statement, Chevron…called for the annulment of all of the judge’s prior rulings in the case…Steven Donziger, a lawyer for the plaintiffs in areas where Texaco once operated, said the recusal would not necessarily hurt his case. [also refers to Texaco]