A decade after unsuccessfully filing in U.S. courts, American lawyers representing poor Ecuadoreans who say their rainforest homeland was destroyed by a U.S oil company took their claim to Ecuador Tuesday.
The District Court of The Hague rejected a request from the Government of Ecuador to annul an arbitration award that rejected the multibillion-dollar conviction against the US oil company Chevron, for environmental damage in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Steven Donziger helped win a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador in 2011. Since then, he has lost a fraud case brought against him by Chevron, has been facing criminal charges and been disbarred in New York. A committee of seven legal scholars and activists was formed to monitor alleged misconduct from judicial authorities in the US.
Donziger “has been found guilty of egregious professional misconduct” in connection with the Ecuadorian environmental lawsuit he led as an attorney against Chevron, said the Appellate Division, First Department while disbarring him.