Donziger Calls Contempt Charge Overreach As Trial Begins

By Cara Salvatore (May 10, 2021, 10:27 PM EDT) -- Steven Donziger, the disbarred human rights lawyer who has fought a bitter decadeslong battle with Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador, began his criminal contempt trial Monday with a declaration that the oil giant was wrongly allowed to wage "a massive campaign of intrusive discovery" against him that led to the charge.

Disbarred human rights attorney Steven Donziger speaks at a rally of supporters Monday morning outside a Manhattan federal courthouse, before the start of his bench trial on criminal contempt charges. (Law360/Ryan Boysen)

A New York federal judge found in 2014 that an $8.5 billion judgment Donziger helped obtain against...

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