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7 Apr 2017

Michael Phillis, Keith Goldberg & Sara Ziegler, Law360

Donziger Asks High Court To Weigh In On Chevron Judgment [subscription required]

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Attorney Steven Donziger has asked the Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a finding that a $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador was fraudulently produced and could not be enforced...In a petition for a writ of certiorari...Donziger argued that the Supreme Court should address whether disappointed litigants from other countries could launch a preemptive collateral attack on a foreign civil judgment...In addition, the...petition questions the...finding that plaintiffs can use injunctive-relief-only [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] suits to seek culpability. Donziger...lost [a lower court] appeal...seeking to overturn a district judge’s finding that the judgment against Chevron was the product of “egregious fraud.” Chevron...had sued Donziger for allegedly bribing the Ecuadorean court and ghostwriting the judgment it issued — allegations he strongly denies....[Chevron] said in a statement...“We do not think Donziger’s latest attempt to distract from his fraudulent behavior is worthy of Supreme Court review.”...

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US Supreme Court asked to consider Chevron's racketeering lawsuit against lawyer acting on behalf of Ecuadorian community over oil pollution

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)