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David A. Samson: The truth on Chevron case

Times Herald Online 29/09/2015

A recently published letter to the editor (Sept. 19, Michael J. Haworth, “Anywhere but Chevron”) included inaccurate and misleading information about a fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron Corporation in Ecuador.

The facts in the case are clear: A lawsuit was brought against Chevron Corporation in Ecuador in 2003, alleging that the company was responsible for a host of environmental and social issues in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Unable to produce any evidence to support their claims, the plaintiffs, led by American trial lawyer Steven Donziger, resorted to fraud — bribing judges and court officials, fabricating evidence and even ghostwriting the judgment in exchange for a $500,000 bribe. To cover up his misconduct, Donziger paid celebrities and environmental activist groups to support and promote the lawsuit in the media.

Last year, in a 500-page opinion, a U.S. federal court found Donziger and his associates to have violated federal racketeering laws, committing bribery, witness tampering, money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud in obtaining the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron. The court found that the Ecuadorian judgment was the product of fraud, finding it unenforceable in the United States.

As the U.S. federal court summarized in its decision, “Justice is not served by inflicting injustice.” The wrongful actions of Mr. Donziger and his associates only undermine the aims of those who use legitimate means to further the rule of law, advance human rights and promote environmental responsibility.

— David A. Samson/General Manager, Public Affairs

Chevron Corporation

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