2nd Circ. Vacates Sanctions For Donziger In Chevron Case

By Michael Phillis (March 4, 2021, 8:41 PM EST) -- A divided Second Circuit panel on Thursday overturned $666,476 in sanctions against Steven Donziger, who helped secure a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, saying confusing constraints imposed on his fundraising activity undermined the penalty.

U.S. Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch, writing for the majority, said sanctions imposed on Donziger were for violating an injunction that was "insufficiently clear" when read in conjunction with another court order. The ambiguity means that the sanction should be overturned, although the court stated that Donziger's method for raising funds will not be allowed in the future. 

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