Chevron v. Donziger: A Dickensian Cheat Sheet

, The National Law Journal


Twenty years of litigation. A $19 billion judgment. Sixty law firms and 2000 legal professionals — and that's just on one side. Chevron in Ecuador can plausibly claim to be the messiest case since Jarndyce sued Jarndyce.

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Referencing this RICO suit's defendants as the "Ecuadorian camp" is absurd insofar as the original lawsuit against Chevron was wholly fabricated by American personal injury lawyers and environmental activists. Plaintiffs from Ecuador who allegedly suffered injuries as a result of groundwater pollution were never more than props in what was another shameless get-rich-quick scheme, the likes of which have come to characterize the MO for so much of today's plaintiffs' bar. Perhaps CSX's RICO win over asbetsos shysters last December and a similar holiday-season verdict for Chevron will be a gift for deep-pocket corporate targets of meritless litigation -- a gift that shows the way to civiliazed retaliation through RICO.

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