Chevron Can't Force Ecuador Advocacy Group To Reveal Docs

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected Chevron Corp.'s bid to compel advocacy group Amazon Watch to turn over thousands of documents in connection with the company’s New York racketeering suit over a $19.2 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins quashed subpoenas through which Chevron sought to compel documents and member depositions from Amazon Watch, expressing caution over the potential First Amendment implications of granting broad discovery requests against an advocacy organization, according to Amazon Watch operations director Paul Paz y Mino.

Chevron has argued that Amazon Watch is a “nonparty co-conspirator” in its suit against attorney Steven...

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