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4 Nov 2016

Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal (USA)

US court denies victims' rehearing over decision in favour of Chevron in lawsuit for environmental pollution in Ecuador

"Second Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing on $8.6B Pollution Case Against Chevron", 1 Nov 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has rejected a petition seeking rehearing en banc of its decision in the case over allegations of environmental damage caused by an oil company later absorbed by Chevron Corp.  The circuit denied the request of attorney Steven Donziger to have the full court rehear his appeal from Judge Lewis Kaplan's decision blocking enforcement of an $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron for water and soil contamination in Ecuador allegedly caused by Texaco, a predecessor to Chevron.  Kaplan had found the judgment was procured by bribery, coercion and fraud and he imposed a constructive trust for Chevron's benefit on any property Donziger and his clients obtained that is traceable to the judgment...The circuit denied rehearing in a one-line order captioned Chevron v. Donziger, 14-0826.