• 4 minutes Energy Armageddon
  • 6 minutes "How to Calculate Your Individual ESG Score to ensure that your Digital ID 'benefits' and money are accessible"
  • 12 minutes "Europe’s Energy Crisis Has Ended Its Era Of Abundance" by Irina Slav
  • 6 hours GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 12 hours Is Europe heading for winter of discontent with extensive gas shortages?
  • 1 day "False Flag Planted In Nord Stream Pipeline, GFANZ, Gore, Carney, Net Zero, U.S. Banks, Fake Meat, and more" - NEWS in 28 minutes
  • 3 days ""Green" Energy Is a Scam. It Isn't MEANT to Work." - By James Corbett of The Corbett Report
  • 1 day Wind droughts
  • 9 days Kazakhstan Is Defying Russia and Has the Support of China. China is Using Russia's Weakness to Expand Its Own Influence.
  • 4 hours "Natural Gas Price Fundamental Daily Forecast – Grinding Toward Summer Highs Despite Huge Short Interest" by James Hyerczyk & REUTERS on NatGas
  • 18 hours Australian power prices go insane
  • 4 days Xi Is Set To Be Re-Elected As China’s Leader
  • 1 day Europeans and Americans are beginning to see the results of depending on renewables.
  • 3 days 87,000 new IRS agents, higher taxes, and a massive green energy slush fund... "Here Are The Winners And Losers In The 'Inflation Reduction Act'"-ZeroHedge
  • 12 days Oil Prices Fall After Fed Raises Rates
  • 5 hours Oil Stocks, Market Direction, Bitcoin, Minerals, Gold, Silver - Technical Trading <--- Chris Vermeulen & Gareth Soloway weigh in
Another Disappointing Week For U.S. Oil Rigs

Another Disappointing Week For U.S. Oil Rigs

U.S. drillers remain cautious to…

Europe’s Diesel Crisis Is Far From Over

Europe’s Diesel Crisis Is Far From Over

Europe’s diesel crunch is set…

Why OPEC+ Is Considering A Production Cut

Why OPEC+ Is Considering A Production Cut

OPEC+ appears to be on…

Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy

Charles is a writer for Oilprice.com

More Info

Premium Content

Chevron Wins Another Victory in Ecuador Case

Chevron today won another small victory in the ongoing case over pollution of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest at the US Court of Appeals in Manhattan, with the court rejecting Ecuadorian requests to install a new judge and reverse the previous judges’ decisions.

A group of Ecuadorians had attempted to have US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan removed from the case in which a $19-billion verdict against Chevron is at stake.  

Within hours after hearing arguments, the three-judge appeals panel issued its ruling.

A trial over the fraud allegations is scheduled for Oct. 15 in Manhattan.

The record $19 billion find levied against Chevron Corporation by a court in Ecuador for contaminating the Amazon rainforest takes a new twist as a New York court hears a case of fraud against the high-profile lawyer who helped Ecuador win its 2011 judgment.  

Related article: This Week in Energy: Driving Oil’s Ups and Downs

In a legal battle that has continued for two decades, the case against Chevron in Ecuador was led by New York lawyer Steven R. Donziger, who is now the target of another lawsuit alleging misconduct and fraud. Donziger was allegedly caught on video on the sidelines of filming for the documentary film “Crude” conceding that evidence had been fabricated to win the ruling in the Ecuador court.

And now we’re seeing previous Donziger devotees abandoning the cause, and the embattled lawyer as it becomes clearer that the New York court favors Chevron in the case.

Environmental groups say Chevron has only spent $40 million cleaning up the Amazon, but has spent more than $1 billion fighting the lawsuit.

The playing field here has been a murky one. Donziger secured millions of dollars in financing for the lawsuit from hedge fund Burford Capital and Patton Boggs in Washington, DC, which would have been repaid several times over with a share in the settlement against Chevron. But after doling out $4 million to Donziger’s cause, the hedge fund pulled out when Chevron laid allegations of fraud against Donziger.

Related article: Washington Still Blocks Keystone as Canada Beats US in Energy Sustainability

In addition, Stratus Consulting—another of Donziger’s weapons—wrote the report that laid out Chevron’s contamination of the Amazon but then was hit by fraud charges from Chevron and recanted the report before the court.

If the district court in Manhattan rules against Donziger, it might be impossible for Ecuador to collect its $19 billion from Chevron.

If Chevron loses the case, it will embolden Ecuador to take the lawsuit to international courts and lend momentum to attempts by Ecuador and Donziger to seize Chevron assets in Canada, Argentina and Brazil to pay the $19 billion fine.

The trial over fraud allegations is scheduled for 15 October in Manhattan.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com


Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage





Leave a comment
  • Carlos J. Cadena on September 30 2013 said:
    Off Course!!! Chevron is going to WIN over and over and over, they have Justice and US Government on their side.. come on!!

Leave a comment




EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News