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Chevron Corp. v. Donziger

ELR Citation: 44 ELR 20044
Nos. 11 Civ. 0691, (S.D.N.Y., 03/04/2014) (Kaplan, J.)

A district court held that a multibillion dollar judgment granted by an Ecuadorian court for environmental pollution in the Amazon was procured by fraud and therefore enjoined the attorney and two of his Ecuadorian clients from seeking to enforce that judgment in the United States. Upon consideration of all of the evidence, the court found that the attorney began his involvement in this controversy with a desire to improve conditions in the area in which his Ecuadorian clients live. In the end, however, he and the Ecuadorian lawyers he led corrupted the case. As the court explained in detail in the 500-page opinion, the attorneys submitted fraudulent evidence. So even if the attorney and his clients had a just cause, they were not entitled to corrupt the process to achieve their goal.