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New twist in Ecuador vs. Chevron case

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The record $19 billion fine levied against Chevron Corporation by a court in Ecuador for contaminating the Amazon rainforest takes a new twist as a New York court hears a case of fraud against the high-profile lawyer who helped Ecuador win its 2011 judgment. 

In a legal battle that has continued for two decades, the case against Chevron in Ecuador was led by New York lawyer Steven R. Donziger, who is now the target of another lawsuit alleging misconduct and fraud. Donziger was allegedly caught on video on the sidelines of filming for the documentary film “Crude” conceding that evidence had been fabricated to win the ruling in the Ecuador court.

And now we’re seeing previous Donziger devotees abandoning the cause, and the embattled lawyer as it becomes clearer that the New York court favors Chevron in the case.

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