Case Detail

Chevron Corp. v. Donziger
On August 8, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment holding attorney Steven Donziger and several associates liable under RICO (the federal anti-racketeering law) for the corrupt way they pressed tort claims against Chevron Corp. in an Ecuadoran court. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging affirmance. The appeals court upheld findings that Donziger engaged in a massive fraud in the courts of Ecuador, including ghostwriting the trial courtís decision and bribing the judge to issue it as his own, in order to obtain a multi-billion-dollar judgment against Chevron. Donziger represented a group of Ecuadoran citizens who sought to hold Chevron responsible for alleged pollution of the Ecuador rain forest, allegedly caused by an oil company later purchased by Chevron. The appeals court agreed with WLF that RICO authorizes federal courts to issue injunctive relief to plaintiffs victimized by racketeering activity.
Case Status:
Victory. Monitoring for possible Supreme Court review.
More Information and Downloads:
10/8/2014: Download the Brief

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