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Chevron Corp. v. Donziger,

ELR Citation: 42 ELR 20108
Nos. 11 Civ. 0691, (S.D.N.Y., 05/14/2012) (Kaplan, J.)

A district court denied motions to dismiss an oil company's racketeering claims against an attorney and his clients, a group of Ecuadorians, who were awarded a multibillion dollar judgment by an Ecuadorian court for environmental pollution in the Amazon. The oil company filed suit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, alleging they executed a scheme to extort and defraud the company by, among other things, bringing a baseless lawsuit in Ecuador and fabricating evidence for use in that lawsuit in order to obtain an unwarranted judgment there. The court ruled that the company's extortion allegations are more than sufficient for the case to proceed. However, it dismissed some of the company's tort-based claims, including claims for trespass, tortious interference with contract, and unjust enrichment.