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This Epic Environmental Lawsuit Just Got a Bit More Complicated

More than a year and a half ago, a US District Court judge in New York ruled against attorney Steven Donziger, accusing him, his legal team, and Ecuadorean villagers of racketeering and fraud in a legal case that ended in a $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron for polluting the Amazon. Now, Donziger's legal team has filed a motion with a US Appellate Court, asking judges to consider "extraordinary developments" that they believe could exonerate their client…"New developments cast grave doubt on the truth of those fraud allegations," Deepak Gupta, the lawyer representing Donziger, wrote in the motion…"The 500-page district court ruling details the extensive evidence of misconduct…," said Morgan Crinklaw, a spokesman for Chevron. "[The motion] is yet another attempt to distract attention from his misconduct and distort the record," he added.

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