9th Circ. Hands Win To Ecuador In Chevron Discovery Fight

Law360, Los Angeles (January 31, 2014, 8:49 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday rejected Chevron Corp.'s attempt to reverse two lower court decisions ordering it to produce documents in a long-running dispute with Ecuador over pollution allegedly caused by one of the oil giant's units, saying the documents aren't protected as trial preparation materials.

The decision comes more than a month after the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Republic of Ecuador should have access to personal notes and nonattorney emails by a Chevron expert in a nearly identical appeal. The three-judge appellate panel for the Ninth Circuit affirmed two district court rulings asking Chevron and its experts, Douglas M. Mackay...

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