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28 Jan 2013

Nate Raymond, Braden Reddall, Eduardo Garcia & Alexandra Valencia, Thomson Reuters

Former Ecuador judge on Chevron case says plaintiffs bribed court

A former Ecuadorean judge [Alberto Guerra] has claimed that after stepping down from the bench, he illegally ghostwrote a judgment in which Chevron was ordered to pay the country $18.2 billion for polluting the rain forest, and he further charged that the plaintiffs agreed to pay $500,000 to the judge who handed down the ruling…Alberto Guerra…made the allegations in a sworn statement filed by Chevron…in support of a lawsuit in Manhattan federal district court accusing the Ecuadorean plaintiffs and their lawyers of fraud. [A]spokeswoman for the plaintiffs, in a statement called Guerra a "disgraced former Ecuadorean judge who is being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by Chevron to make false allegations about the Ecuador trial court judgment."…

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Ecuador: Former judge on Chevron oil pollution case claims plaintiffs bribed court for judgment in their favour

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)