Discovery Closed In $27B Enviro Suit Against Chevron

Law360 (September 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT) -- An Ecuadorean judge overseeing a multibillion-dollar environmental suit accusing Texaco Petroleum Co. of polluting the Amazon rain forest has closed the evidentiary phase of the trial, even though Texaco parent Chevron Corp. hoped to present more information discovered through related litigation in U.S. courts.

Judge Leonardo Ordonez issued the order Friday morning, but a Chevron spokesman said the direction should be invalidated because the judge has been asked to recuse himself and local law precludes judges from making rulings while recusal motions are pending.

Spokesman James Craig said Chevron had asked Judge Ordonez to step aside because he refused to look...

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