Judge rules in Chevron's favor in case against Ecuador, MCSquared

US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has allowed Chevron to conduct discovery, or obtain information and facts from MCSquared.



Judge rules in Chevron’s favor in case against Ecuador, MCSquared

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.

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