Chevron Execs Must Testify in RICO Suit Over $19B Judgment

Law360, New York (May 7, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A New York judge on Tuesday rejected Chevron Corp.’s attempts to shield the company’s CEO and general counsel from deposition in its fight over a $19 billion pollution judgment, saying the approaching discovery deadline and the stakes of the suit justified requiring their testimony.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV overruled efforts to quash depositions from Chevron chairman and CEO John S. Watson as well as general counsel and Vice President Edward B. Scott III, saying both possess relevant information and there is no time to determine whether their testimony would be redundant given that discovery in the case is...

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