Mob Mentality: Chevron’s Donziger Triumph Could Inspire RICO Copycats

By Max Stendahl | August 19, 2016, 5:58 PM EDT

Steven Donziger, who represents indigenous Ecuadoreans suing Chevron over environmental pollution, participates in a 2014 news conference in Quito. (Credit: Getty)

Steven Donziger is not a mobster, but under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, he is being treated like one. Donziger, a Harvard-educated lawyer, won a $9.5 billion environmental damages award against Chevron Corp. in 2011 in Ecuador, only for the oil giant to sue him in New York under RICO, a 1970 law that was originally designed to prosecute members of the mafia....
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