Major Victory for Chevron Over Claims in Ecuador

NEW YORK, NY – Following a six-week bench trial, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan (SD-NY) ruled in favor of Chevron Corporation and invalidated a $9.5 billion judgment issued in Ecuador against the oil giant for environmental damage in the South American country. Judge Kaplan determined that the judgment was obtained by fraud and racketeering and ruled that Steven Donziger, a New York lawyer, along with an Ecuadorian legal team poisoned the case by submitting faulty evidence and promising money to a judge in return for a favorable ruling.

Partners Randy M. Mastro, Andrea E. Neuman and William E. Thomson (Gibson Dunn) represented Chevron at trial. The Impact Trial team consisted of Randall E. Carter, Bill Weir, Domhnall O’Donnchada, Kerry Cashman, Brittany Peters, Clinton Lam, John Christopher and Mia Pham. Impact Trial provided the trial team with invaluable trial technology support and litigation graphics consulting throughout the lengthy trial.

Chevron Corp. v. Steven Donziger et al., 2:11-CV-00691, US District Court – Southern District of New York.