Ecuadorean Court Experts Free To Show Bias, Atty Says

Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 6:12 PM EST) -- An Ecuadorean attorney who helped secure a blockbuster Amazon pollution verdict against Chevron Corp. claimed on Wednesday that Ecuadorean law does not require court-appointed experts to be independent and unbiased, challenging a key assertion in the company’s New York racketeering trial.

Defense witness Alejandro Ponce argued that court-appointed damages expert Richard Stalin Cabrera was not required to maintain impartiality under Ecuadorean law in preparing the controversial Cabrera Report, a global damages assessment that Chevron claims was fraudulently ghostwritten by defendant Steven Donziger and his cohorts in...
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