Chevron (which merged with Texaco) obtained an order that under RICO that plaintiffs attorney Steve Donziger had corruptly procured a huge judgment against Texaco. Damages are claimed for environmental damage by the oil company in the Equadoran Amazon. Plaintiffs - who are alienated from Donziger - seek to enforce the judgment. - gwc
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: Chevron/Ecuador Oral Argument in 2nd Circuit, Four More Student Blog Posts (by Bob Percival):
"On April 20 a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard an appeal of a RICO judgment obtained by Chevron to prevent villagers in the Oriente region of Ecuador from enforcing a $9 billion judgment by an Ecuadoran court against Chevron. The three judges hearing the case were Amalya L. Kearse, Barrington D. Parker, and Richard C. Wesley. Judge Richard Wesley stunned both sides by asking at oral argument whether the Second Circuit had the power to order the entire dispute retried from scratch in federal district court. Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Ecuadoran lawsuit responded that the court could make such an order, while Ted Olson, arguing for Chevron, stated that he “couldn’t agree” to such a proposal. Judge Wesley also questioned why Chevron was simultaneously pursuing an arbitration action against the state of Ecuador and the RICO action and asked what would happen if they reached contradictory conclusions.
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