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1 Sep 2009

David R. Baker & Tyche Hendricks, San Francisco Chronicle

Tapes Show Judicial Misconduct, Chevron Says

Facing a possible $27 billion verdict in a landmark pollution lawsuit in Ecuador, Chevron Corp. released videotapes Monday that the company claims show serious judicial misconduct as well as a possible $3 million bribery scheme related to the case. According to the San Ramon company, the videos prove that the lawsuit's presiding judge has already decided to rule against Chevron, even though he has not issued a verdict…The case seeks to hold Chevron responsible for poisoning the water, soil and people in a corner of the Ecuadoran Amazon. Chevron has repeatedly accused Ecuador's government of interfering on behalf of the plaintiffs… [also refers to Texaco, Petroecuador]

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Chevron says videos reveal judicial misconduct & political influence in Ecuador pollution lawsuit - calls for investigation, disqualification of judge

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)