Law360, New York (October 7, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT) -- Next week’s long-awaited trial in Chevron Corp.’s racketeering suit over an unprecedented $19 billion Ecuadorean pollution judgment will not go before a jury, after a New York judge ruled on Monday that the company’s release of monetary damages eliminates any constitutional jury right.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected defendant Steven Donziger’s efforts to avoid a bench trial on arguments that Chevron’s claims against him are still legal despite claiming to seek only equitable relief, handing a major win to the oil giant and validating the company’s eleventh-hour legal maneuvering.
In recent weeks, Chevron dropped monetary damage claims against Donziger and his...
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