Chevron Ecuador Judgment Surrounded by Fraud with Activists and New York’s Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli at the Center
A Chevron Ecuador judgment may be on the horizon, despite questionable origins of the allegations. Amazon Defense Coalition, Amazon Watch, and Rainforest Action Network’s attempt to blame Chevron for alleged damage to the Ecuador rainforest took a major blow this past year as evidence shows that they are simply front groups for the plaintiffs, who would benefit from the result.
New York’s comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, who is leading a small shareholder’s challenge to Chevron and attempting to support the Chevron Ecuador judgment, was paid with campaign contributions by the plaintiffs for his support of their cause.
Chevron Corp. recently released a series of public information videos which provide never-seen-before evidence documenting the legal and scientific deceptions committed by the plaintiffs in the fraudulent $18 billion legal case.
The case against Chevron in Ecuador was brought by U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyers, and funded by hedge funds and other speculators. They even produced their own documentary film, Crude, to further their attempts to achieve and enforce the judgment.
Chevron has exposed the fraud using the plaintiffs’ own videotapes, emails, and internal documents. This evidence depicts the falsification of evidence, judicial corruption, and government collusion permeating this litigation, thus demonstrating the erroneousness of final result.
At the heart of the fraud in Ecuador against Chevron is ‘independent’ environmental expert Richard Cabrera, who was appointed as an expert in the trial. Yet the same day as his appointment, lead plaintiffs’ attorney Steven Donziger arranged to have a secret bank account opened to pay bribes and hush money to Cabrera, who is an instrumental part in their attempt to enforce the Chevron Ecuador judgment. Donziger also arranged for Philadelphia attorney Joe Khan to transfer $100,000 to the secret account once Cabrera started work testifying on their behalf to procure the judgment.Cabrera stated his independence before the Ecuadorian court. His vested interest in the matter runs counter to that statement.
The “Cabrera Report” found on plaintiffs’ lawyers’ computers matches word-for-word the $16 billion damage assessment filed by Cabrera the next day, on April 1, 2008. This assessment would have supported a Chevron Ecuador judgment.
Furthermore, Stratus Consulting was paid nearly $1 million to secretly draft Cabrera’s report, criticize that report, and then respond to that criticism in Cabrera’s name. A memo stated Cabrera “can be charged with a ‘fraud’” and that Stratus “was an active conspirator.” Presented with evidence of the Cabrera report, courts across the United States have concluded that the plaintiffs’ Ecuador litigation is a massive fraud. Despite all this, Ecuador claims the Chevron Ecuador judgment is legitimate, and that Chevron should pay.
The complex case is now being fought on three fronts: Ecuador’s Supreme Court; a New York court handling the racketeering lawsuit filed by the Chevron against Steven Donziger and the plaintiffs and their experts; and an international arbitration tribunal in The Hague. The Chevron Ecuador judgment seems to only get more complex as more evidence is brought to light.
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