Justice Served: The Week In Judicial Benchslaps

Law360, New York (March 15, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT) -- A federal judge who came down hard on lawyers for Chevron Corp. and a group of Ecuadorean plaintiffs locked in a heated environmental dispute lands at the top of Law360's new wrap-up of judicial benchslaps, a look back at the week's most heated, vexed or cranky judicial beatdowns.

The invective boiled from U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing Chevron Corp.’s combative suit about a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment for a group of indigenous Ecuadoreans. Calling the document-clogged litigation “exceptionally contentious,” Kaplan described lawyers alternatively as obstructionist, unwilling...
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