2nd Circ. Urged To Look Past Donziger In $9.5B Chevron Case
By Pete Brush (April 20, 2015, 5:37 PM EDT) -- A Manhattan federal judge erred in barring Ecuadoreans from attempting to enforce a $9.5 billion pollution judgment from their home country against Chevron Corp. in New York, mistakenly punishing them for their attorney's misconduct, the Second Circuit heard Monday in a closely watched and many-threaded appeal.
New York University professor Burt Neuborne told Judges Amalya L. Kearse, Barrington D. Parker and Richard C. Wesley that U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan had no legal basis for extending consequences to the attorney's clients, Hugo Gerardo Camacho Naranjo and Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje, based on New York's common-law principle of agency.
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