Ecuador To Probe Alleged Misconduct In Chevron Case

Law360, New York (September 2, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT) -- At the urging of Chevron Corp., the government of Ecuador has agreed to move forward with an investigation into the oil giant's assertions that the judge overseeing a $27 billion environmental lawsuit against the company participated in an alleged bribery scheme.

Ecuador's Prosecutor General's Office will open a formal investigation into the alleged scheme after Chevron said Aug. 31 that it had obtained videotapes that prove Judge Juan Núñez agreed to return a verdict against the company in exchange for a $1 million payout.

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