Depositions In $19B Chevron RICO Suit Will Be Refereed

Law360, New York (March 4, 2013, 2:29 PM EST) -- The judge overseeing Chevron Corp.’s New York racketeering suit over a $19.2 billion pollution judgment for a group of indigenous Ecuadoreans on Friday granted the company’s bid to appoint special masters to oversee depositions in the “exceptionally contentious” litigation.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said the appointment of a pair of special masters to oversee the more than 40 depositions proposed by the parties was essential if the suit was to proceed fairly and properly, chastising both sides for the combative nature of the litigation and...
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