Chevron Wins Appeal Over $9.5B Ecuador Oil Pollution Tab

Law360, New York (August 8, 2016, 1:02 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's conclusion that a $9.5 billion oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador was fraudulently produced and could not be enforced, the latest development in the long-running dispute.

Attorney Steven Donziger, who represented the so-called Lago Agrio plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Ecuador, had urged the appeals court to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s March 2014 finding that the 2013 judgment was the product of “egregious fraud." Chevron Corp. had sued Donziger for allegedly bribing the Ecuadorean court and ghostwriting the judgment it issued.

A Second Circuit panel said in a...

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