Ecuadoreans Argue Against Chevron Probe Into Atty

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT) -- Ecuadorean plaintiffs faced an uphill battle Thursday as they sought to block Chevron Corp.'s discovery efforts into possible inappropriate conduct by one of the plaintiffs' lawyers in a bitter $27 billion environmental dispute with the oil giant.

Bruce S. Kaplan of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, who is representing lawyer Steven Donziger, endured a barrage of sharp comments regarding Donziger's apparent behavior from Judge Lewis A. Kaplan during a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Kaplan, who...
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