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Chevron: Ecuadorians sought bribes in giant tort case

Sensational developments in the high-profile environmental lawsuit (AmLaw Daily):

The decades-long legal battle between Chevron and Ecuador took yet another dramatic turn on Monday when the company announced that it has video tapes revealing a $3 million bribery scheme implicating the judge overseeing a multibillion-dollar civil suit filed against the company by indigenous residents of the country's Amazon Basin.


Ecuador's Prosecutor General, Washington Pesantez, today received the complaint filed by Chevron's lawyer and will open an investigation, spokeswoman Gloria Mejia said in a phone interview.

Washington Post: "I think this raises as many questions about Chevron as it does about the judge," [U.S. plaintiff's lawyer Steven Donziger] said. "I think this was a dirty tricks operation by Chevron." More: Dow Jones, Reuters, Daniel Fisher, Forbes, Washington Times (editorial), and extensive coverage from Carter at ShopFloor here, here ("60 Minutes" spun), here, and here. Our earlier coverage is here.

More links: NY Times ("Secret recordings of closed-door meetings have become a common feature of Ecuadoran politics."), American Lawyer, WSJ Law Blog; Chevron's website on the case, with video (also YouTube) and PDF letter from Thomas Cullen, Jr. of Jones Day; its press release and blog.

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Rafael Mangual
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