Source: PR Week
SAN RAMON, CA: Chevron was granted a petition by a US District Court Judge to seek discovery from MCSquared regarding its work with Ecuador on a campaign against the energy company.
US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has allowed Chevron to conduct discovery, or obtain information and facts from Brooklyn, New York-based agency MCSquared, about a lawsuit from 2011 that was ruled unenforceable this March by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
In February 2011, Chevron was sued for $18 billion – an amount later reduced to $9.5 billion – by a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, for allegedly causing social and environmental harm in the Amazon areas of the country. However, the judgment was ruled this March to be a product of “fraud and racketeering activity,” according to court documents.
At the time, Kaplan ruled that New York lawyer Steven Donziger and his litigation team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, and ghostwrote much of the case’s final verdict during a six-week trial last November.