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Chevron, Nigeria and EFF, cont'd

My post yesterday on a San Francisco jury's vindication of the oil company's conduct drew notice at LexMonitor and ShopFloor (with a second post linking to NAM's briefs in Alien Tort cases). And at National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy covers the verdict and the wider campaign of which the lawsuit was a part.

One reader familiar with the case also raised a sidelight relating to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, whose support for the plaintiffs, as I noted in the earlier post, might seem at best far afield from its reputed "freedom for the internet" mission. The reader calls our attention to an unusual controversy that arose during the trial in which the plaintiffs demanded -- and Judge Susan Illston agreed -- that Chevron be barred from taking out paid Google ads directing readers to its side of the story on the Bowoto suit. Wasn't it ironic, this reader asks, that EFF as part of the plaintiff team would happily go along in saddling its opponent with an internet gag order?

More: Anthony Sebok at FindLaw offers (as is customary) a differing perspective.

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