Victory for Rainforest Communities Over Chevron as Ecuador Government Vows to Fight "Illegal" Private Arbitral Award

QUITO, Ecuador - Rainforest communities in Ecuador who won a landmark $12 billion environmental judgment against Chevron earned a big victory this week when their country’s Attorney General announced he would seek nullification of an “illegal” arbitral order obtained by Chevron from a secret court that barred the affected Indigenous peoples from testifying or presenting evidence.

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Global Conference on Indigenous Solutions for Environmental Challenges Set for November in Canada

CALGARY, Canada - A major international conference focused on indigenous legal principles, the environment, and the landmark $12 billion pollution judgment won by rainforest communities in Ecuador against Chevron is scheduled to take place November 10-12 in Banff, Canada. The conference is being organized by a group of professors at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Indigenous leaders from North and South America, environmentalists, resource company representatives, government officials and lawyers are planning to attend. A significant part of the conference will engage with indigenous youth and grass roots peoples.

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Chevron Facing Furious Backlash for Using Secret Court to Violate Ecuador Pollution Judgment, Say Ecuadorians

QUITO, Ecuador - Chevron CEO Michael Wirth is facing a furious backlash from civil society and allegations of racism after his company used a secret trade arbitration court run by private lawyers to try to attack Indigenous peoples and farmer communities who won a $12 billion pollution judgment against the company. The three secret trade arbitrators – all older white males based in London and Washington – barred the Indigenous groups from presenting evidence, testifying, or even attending proceedings the Ecuadorians call “illegitimate” and a “kangaroo court” designed to help corporate polluters escape environmental liabilities.

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Report Shows Chevron Lawyers at Gibson Dunn Falsified Evidence to Target Steven Donziger in Ecuador Pollution Case

NEW YORK, NY - The New York bar’s unprecedented attempt to suspend prominent corporate accountability attorney Steven Donziger without a hearing after he helped Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples win a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron is based on false testimony from a paid company witness coached 53 days by lawyers at the firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, according to a bombshell report produced by one of the world’s leading forensic computer investigators.

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New York Bar “Referee” in Chevron Pollution Case Quits After Disclosure He Helped Union Carbide Escape Liability in India’s Bhopal Disaster

NEW YORK, NY - Paul Doyle, a corporate lawyer appointed by the New York bar to recommend possible discipline of prominent human rights defender Steven Donziger has resigned his post after the disclosure that he had helped Union Carbide escape liability in the Bhopal disaster in India that has killed an estimated 15,000 people.

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Support Growing for Prominent U.S. Attorney Who Took on Chevron and Was Deemed "Threat to Public Order" by State Bar Officials

NEW YORK - Support is growing from across the United States and Ecuador for prominent corporate accountability attorney Steven Donziger following the “shocking” decision of the New York bar to suspend him as a “immediate threat to the public order” without a hearing after he played an instrumental role in winning a landmark $9.5 billion pollution judgment on behalf of Ecuadorian rainforest communities against Chevron.

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