Ecuador Chevron Shakedown Falling Apart?

posted at 4:30 pm on May 27, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Over the winter we brought you up to date on the efforts of agents inside the nation of Ecuador, in collaboration with environmental groups and law firms here in the United States, to shake down Chevron. They have been seeking payments to to the tune of tens of billions of dollars for “environmental damage” allegedly caused by Texaco – later absorbed by Chevron – in spite of the fact that the government of Ecuador is the only entity having done any drilling there in decades.

The case has been moving along at a snail’s pace, but Chevron has been gaining ground. We’ll cover a few of the details below, but first there is a video to catch you up on what’s been happening.

American lawyers have been helping the “environmentalist” groups and the government of Ecuador, currently attempting to pick Chevron’s perceived deep pockets. This continues despite the fact that, “Five US federal courts have found evidence that the Ecuador trial has been compromised by plaintiff’s lawyer’s fraud.”

Steven Donziger, attorney for the plaintiffs, was caught on tape and in court obtained documents providing the following memorable quotes,

“Because at the end of the day, this is all for the courts. This is a bunch of smoke, mirrors and (expletive.) It really is.”

“The only language that I believe this judge [in Ecuador] will understand is one of pressure, intimidation and humiliation.”

“This is Ecuador, OK? You can say whatever you want, and at the end of the day, there’s a thousand people around the courthouse and you’re going to get what you want.”

“… the problem, my friend, is that the effects are potentially devastating in Ecuador. (Apart from destroying the proceedings, all of us, your attorneys, might go to jail.)”

“The business of getting press coverage is part of a legal strategy. The business of plaintiff’s law is to make (expletive) money.”

Lovely, eh? After this video was released, Hot Air contacted Chevron for a comment. Justin Higgs, Media Advisor to Chevron, responded with the following:

Chevron will continue to vigorously defend itself, and the interests of the company’s shareholders against the fraudulent lawsuit being pursued by American trial lawyers in Ecuador. Through discovery proceedings in the United States, Chevron has obtained thousands of documents that memorialize the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ efforts to pressure judges to rule in their favor, corrupt expert reports, and manufacture evidence. Chevron recognizes that the people of Ecuador face real challenges, but using Ecuador’s courts to advance a fraud is simply wrong.

If I can take a brief moment to rant here, regular readers already know that we have spent a great deal of time focusing on the issues of jobs and the economy. And I, for one, am willing to grant that there are a number of areas where Washington is unable to substantially affect these challenges in the short term. But when it comes to developing domestic energy resources, Washington actually could do something to restore lost jobs and increase domestic productivity. President Obama, so frequently fond of enacting policy through the executive branch without the benefit of the legislative branch, could do it with the stroke of a pen. (Or, if he’s out of the country, an autopen, apparently. ) They have failed to do so.

In this case, I have to ask… where are the “friends of the court” filings from the Justice Department? Where is the support for one of our largest employers and the people who can reduce our dependence on foreign suppliers – as both parties claim to wish to do – when rip-off artists look to pilfer tens of billions of dollars from an American company in a clearly fraudulent attempt to make a quick buck at the expense of a company with deep pockets?

Silence from Washington. Thanks for nothing, guys.


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I despise the left and their organized syndicate allies.

rob verdi on May 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM

It seems like I am saying this everyday to myself. Each day, Atlas Shrugged becomes more and more relevant.

search4truth on May 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Jazz:
I fear you should have left well enough alone. Chevron is lucky that until now Obama and Holder have not stepped in on behalf of Ecaudor and the US plaintiffs’ attorneys.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Democratic Congress likely setting up Chevron for a short sale, as they have done for 8 years.

pat on May 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Agree or not, this is interesting

Dr. Corsi Reveals First Name of Birth Certificate Forger – 5/26/2011

Nearly Nobody on May 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

I fear you should have left well enough alone. Chevron is lucky that until now Obama and Holder have not stepped in on behalf of Ecaudor and the US plaintiffs’ attorneys.
GaltBlvnAtty on May 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

You make me a sad panda. Mostly because even if you were kidding, you might prove correct.

Jazz Shaw on May 27, 2011 at 4:54 PM

The Marxists led by Soros and his buddies have been caught pumping million, upon millions into Canadian Greenie groups to work their magic. They’re trying to shut down the Canadian oil industry too using a variety of fraudulent schemes.

Ogabe on May 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Many years ago, I did a lot of environmental work that led to litigation against Chevron. They were a rat-bastard company devoid of ethics. I understand the policy of never settle, so that every petty scam artist and shyster lawyer won’t try to get a settlement from them. However, Chevron will not accept culpability, no matter how wrong they are. They will fight it through means fair and foul. That being said, this looks like a scam where somebody is wrongfully trying to get a settlement. Fight the good fight;however, concede when wrong.

DAT60A3 on May 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM

In this case, I have to ask… where are the “friends of the court” filings from the Justice Department? Where is the support for one of our largest employers and the people who can reduce our dependence on foreign suppliers – as both parties claim to wish to do – when rip-off artists look to pilfer tens of billions of dollars from an American company in a clearly fraudulent attempt to make a quick buck at the expense of a company with deep pockets?

I suspect that a) Obama & Co. *want* Chevron to take it in the rear, and b) this sack-o-excrement attorney Donziger is likely a big donor to dems, so if he wins and Chevron loses, it’s a win/win situation for the dems.

Therefore, nothing from DC…

Midas on May 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Wow! Where the hell did Chevron get the perfect video/audio of that crook Donziger saying all of those crooked things?! That’s unbelievable…

Jaibones on May 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

“After this video was released, Hot Air contacted Chevron for a comment. Justin Higgs, Media Advisor to Chevron”

Have you thought of calling the ABA and the office for professional licensing in whichever state that Steven Donziger is licensed in? When it comes to the profession’s code of ethics, I doubt it matters he is violating them overseas?

Dusty on May 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Hey Jazz, if you want a more interesting story… look up the name D. Donkel from Florida.

The man is known for some really shady deals concerning oil and gas and leave the independents who go into a deal with him and begin drilling, high and dry on everything… then he goes back and sues them and wins.

upinak on May 27, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Chevron’s HQs are in California. I would have thought the Congressional representation from….

Sorry, my mistake.

AndrewsDad on May 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

An important follow up question here: how much did Chevron contribute to the Obama campaign? Therein may lie a hint as to the silence from BarryO and his huckster pal Holder.

Robert17 on May 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

One group of trash, in the form of trial lawyers, bribing another group of trash, in the form of the Democrat Party, to just shut up.

Besides, they’ve probably already bought off Eric Holder. He always has been for sale to the highest bidder. Obviously the trial lawyer trash have outbid CIA employees for the benefit of Holder’s “services.”

MNHawk on May 27, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Between the family destroying welfare state and the back-to-the-caves green statists you could really destroy a civilization.

AshleyTKing on May 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Nearly Nobody on May 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Do you understand what an albatross the media have made of that issue?

Even Hannity will not tread there.

IlikedAUH2O on May 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM