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2 Feb 2011

David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron files RICO suit in Ecuador case

Chevron Corp....filed a racketeering lawsuit against a team of lawyers who have been fighting the company over oil field pollution in Ecuador. Chevron accused the lawyers…of conspiring to extort up to $113 billion from the oil company…Chevron and the lawyers have been locked in an increasingly bitter, 18-year lawsuit that seeks to hold Chevron accountable for contaminating the soil and water in a swath of northeastern Ecuador…As a verdict in the marathon lawsuit nears, Chevron has tried to prove corruption among the lawyers and Ecuadoran officials involved in the case…"It's corporate bullying at its worst," said Karen Hinton, spokeswoman for the plaintiffs' legal team. Hinton was named as a co-conspirator in the new lawsuit. [also refers to Texaco, Petroecuador]

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Chevron alleges extortion in new US lawsuit against plaintiffs' representatives in Ecuadorian oil pollution case

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)