Chevron Bid To Split $19B RICO Trial Rejected By Judge

Law360, New York (September 11, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT) -- The New York federal judge overseeing Chevron Corp.’s bitter fraud lawsuit over a $19 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment on Tuesday rejected the company’s bid to split the case into two phases, saying the move would create unnecessary redundancy.

Chevron moved on Monday to divide liability determinations in the upcoming trial into two phases — a jury trial against attorney Steven Donziger, followed by a bench trial against the Ecuadorean defendants he represented in the underlying pollution dispute. The company claims the latter defendants lost their right...
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