Chevron, Donziger Trade Blows As $19B RICO Trial Begins

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Chevron Corp. and attorney Steven Donziger swapped preliminary accusations of foul play Tuesday as a long-awaited trial got underway in the oil giant’s bitterly contested New York racketeering suit over an unprecedented $19 billion pollution judgment by an Ecuadorean court.

Chevron attorney Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP opened by blasting the disputed judgment as the product of extortion, bribery and corruption on behalf of Donziger and a network of cohorts, saying it was little more than a bid to shake down the oil...
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