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26 Nov 2013

Joseph Ax, Reuters

U.S. trial ends over Ecuador pollution judgment against Chevron

An attorney for Chevron Corp on Tuesday accused U.S. lawyer Steven Donziger of orchestrating an international criminal conspiracy by using bribery and fraud in Ecuador to secure a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment against the oil company…Lawyers for the defense said Chevron had failed to prove Donziger's involvement in any conspiracy…The six-week trial concerned an $18 billion judgment issued in 2011 against Chevron by Judge Nicolas Zambrano in Ecuador. The ruling was in favor of a group of villagers, who claimed Texaco had contaminated an oil field in northeastern Ecuador…This month, Ecuador's Supreme Court cut the amount to $9.5 billion. Chevron, which later acquired Texaco, has said Texaco remediated the site before closing operations. The company hopes a verdict from Kaplan that the judgment was based on fraud will help it defend against attempts to enforce the judgment outside Ecuador.

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US trial ends over alleged fraud in Ecuadorian oil pollution lawsuit against Chevron; both sides will submit post-trial briefs in coming months

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)