Donziger Attys Quit, Blaming Chevron 'Scorched-Earth' Tactics

Law360, New York (May 3, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT) -- Steven Donziger, the attorney for the Ecuadorean plaintiffs seeking to enforce a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron, suffered a major blow Friday as his lawyers moved to exit Chevron's New York racketeering lawsuit against him, blaming judicial bias and the oil giant's "scorched-earth litigation."

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka LLP and Keker & Van Nest LLP — which represent the Ecuadoreans and their attorney Donziger, respectively — moved to withdraw from the dispute, claiming Chevron’s “litigious bullying” and the “implacable hostility” of presiding U.S. District Court Judge...
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