Attorney @SDonziger, who obtained a $9.8 billion verdict against Chevron in Ecuador, "should be allowed to resume the practice of law,” the referee over his bar proceedings recommended.
This big wrinkle in a decades-old legal saga broke late yesterday. https://www.courthousenews.com/anti-chevron-lawyer-steven-donziger-gets-blessing-for-return-of-his-law-license/ …
“The extent of his [Donziger's] pursuit by Chevron is so extravagant, and at this point so unnecessary and punitive, while not a factor in my recommendation, is nonetheless background to it.”
- bar referee John Horan, an ex-SDNY prosecutor, in a passionate 36-page report
Spanning nearly three decades and continents, Chevron's legal saga over its oil drilling in the Ecuadorean Amazon and its full-bore counteroffensive is a big story to be told.
More context on the top of the thread and more to come.
Following the case for decades, @CourthouseNews will continue to track its developments as Donziger enters more than six months of house arrest in an extraordinarily rare criminal prosecution.
After SDNY balked, a judge charged him himself.
Background: https://www.courthousenews.com/when-feds-demur-judge-charges-ecuador-crusader-himself/ …
Meanwhile, you can read the 36-page bar recommendation plus appendix in full here. https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Donziger-Report-02.24.20-complete.pdf …
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