Chevron Corp. v. Mendoza
- Case Date: 6/30/2011
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On January 27, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned an injunction that prevented plaintiffs’ lawyers from attempting to collect on a multi-billion dollar judgment they obtained from a court in Ecuador against Chevron. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging that the injunction be affirmed. The district court concluded there was strong evidence that the Ecuador judgment was the result of fraud committed both by the plaintiffs’ lawyers and by Ecuadoran court personnel. The Second Circuit did not challenge those findings. But it held that New York courts lack authority under the State’s Recognition Act to enjoin efforts to enforce a judgment in courts outside of New York. WLF had argued that the district court appropriately issued a worldwide anti-suit injunction because the U.S. has a strong interest in policing the judicial conduct of those (including the Ecuador plaintiffs and their lawyers) within the jurisdiction of its courts.
|Preliminary injunction vacated. Chevron’s fraud claims continue in district court.|
More Information and Downloads:
|6/30/2011: Download the Brief|
|Press Release: Court Urged to Enjoin Enforcement Of Fraudulent Ecuadoran Judgment|