Appeals Court rules for Chevron:
Chevron Wins Ruling Blocking Enforcement of $9.5 Billion Ecuador Judgment. Appeals court affirms 2014 decision finding judgment won by lawyer Steven Donziger was obtained through fraud and corruption (emphasis added)
Monday’s decision affirms a lower-court ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who found in 2014 that the $9.5 billion environmental-damage judgment won by New York lawyer Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorean plaintiffs against Chevron was obtained through fraud and corruption. Judge Kaplan ruled Mr. Donziger couldn’t enforce the judgment in the U.S. or profit from the award anywhere in the world.
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On Monday, a panel of three appeals judges sided with Judge Kaplan’s 2014 ruling, finding that he did have the authority under the anti-racketeering statute to bar Mr. Donziger from profiting from the award.
The Ecuadorian plaintiffs say they’ll try to seize Chevron assets in Canada and other countries, but it is unenforceable in the U.S.,
In response to arguments that Mr. Donziger’s alleged misdeeds shouldn’t prevent the plaintiffs from enforcing the judgment, the appeals court wrote: “There is no authority suggesting that a party ignorant of its attorney’s fraudulent actions may enforce a fraudulently procured judgment.”
You can read the ruling here (PDF file).
Over in England, Assange is still holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy, but not happily: Gateway Pundit posts that since the DNC emails were released the Ecuadorian government has come under pressure to censor Assange:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 8, 2016