September 26, 2017

BREAKING: SCOTUS declines to hear Donziger appeal on Chevron case

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear an appeal of the 2014 decision.

You can see it in today’s list under CERTIORARI DENIED, listed as docket #16-1178 DONZIGER, STEVEN, ET AL. V. CHEVRON CORPORATION.

As you may recall, in 2014 Judge Kaplan found the $9.5B Environmental Judgment Against Chevron ‘Obtained by Corrupt Means’

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan found that New York lawyer Steven Donziger and his litigation team engaged in coercion, bribery, money laundering and other criminal conduct in pursuit of the 2011 verdict.

Timeline from the WSJ:

Evolution of a Case

  • 1964: Texaco Petroleum Co. begins drilling for oil in Ecuador as part of a consortium
  • 1990: State-owned PetroEcuador takes over the consortium’s oil operations
  • 1992: Texaco ends operations in Ecuador
  • 1993: Ecuadorean residents sue Texaco in U.S. federal court over oil pollution
  • 1995: Texaco signs agreement with Ecuadorean government to clean up pollution
  • 1998: Texaco completes the cleanup
  • 2001: Chevron Corp. acquires Texaco
  • 2003: Ecuadorean residents sue Chevron in Ecuador court
  • 2011: Chevron sues Ecuadorean plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Donziger in U.S. court
  • 2011: Ecuadorean court awards the plaintiffs about $18 billion in damages
  • 2013: National Court of Justice in Ecuador affirms verdict but reduces damages to $9.5 billion
  • March 2014: Chevron wins U.S. court case against Mr. Donziger.

You can read Judge Kaplan’s entire decision (500 pages) here.

Recommended:
Paul Barrett’s book, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win

Fausta Wertz Rodriquez writes at  Fausta’s blog.

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Fausta Wertz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She blogs at Fausta’s blog on American and Latin American politics, news, current events and culture.