Judge Won't Recuse Self In Chevron, Ecuador RICO Suit

Law360, New York (May 9, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge overseeing Chevron Corp.'s extortion suit against a class of Ecuadoreans that has pursued the company over alleged massive pollution in the Amazon denied a recusal bid Monday, saying the defendants couldn't claim bias simply because they disagreed with him.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said he had "considered this motion with the great care that it deserves" before making a ruling. The defendants had not alleged any extrajudicial bias, citing only the judge's comments and rulings during the case, which had...
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