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6 Oct 2014

Michael Goldhaber, Litigation Daily (USA)

The Global Lawyer: A Wild 'Off Week' in the Chevron Ecuador Case

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Good grief! In the last week of September, Chevron Corp. inspired a civil war in the Canadian bar, confirmed a revenge action against a British litigation funder and gave the Ecuadorean plaintiffs an opening to refill their war chest. Can't a global litigation columnist think about another case for a few months? In Canada, Chevron wishes to use the corporate form to shield itself from the Ecuadoreans' enforcement of their $9.5 billion environmental judgment. Now Canadian lawyers for aboriginal rights object to the Canadian bar's intervention on Chevron's side in the Canadian Supreme Court…The news emerged in Fortune that Chevron has filed suit in Gibraltar against Woodsford Litigation Funding, which was founded by an ex-Lovells partner. I previously reported on the revelation that Woodsford backed Donziger and predicted that Chevron would file suit…The moment the Dutch courts finally cleared the way for Chevron to collect a $106 million award from an old arbitration with Ecuador, the plaintiffs announced that they plan to seize the award in Ecuadorean court.

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Chevron battles Ecuadorian oil pollution lawsuit in multiple countries

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)