Chevron Seeks Docs From Cuomo Administration

On Friday, according to this post, Chevron submitted to the office of the New York State Comptroller a request under New York’s Freedom of Information Law for documents regarding connections between the Comptroller’s office and plaintiffs’ representatives in the long-running $113 billion shakedown lawsuit involving the oil giant in Ecuador.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)

Chevron is seeking documents under FOIL, according to the post, in order to shed further light on the assistance provided by Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and his predecessor, Alan Hevesi, to the plaintiffs’ lawyers and consultants involved in the fraudulent litigation against Chevron. Documentary evidence obtained through U.S. court-ordered discovery reveals a connection between financial contributions made by the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ representatives and the Comptroller’s issuance of official public statements in support of the plaintiffs.

A copy of Chevron’s FOIL request may be downloaded here along with supporting documentation at here and here.

Loyal readers of this blog know that I was on the same track two years ago.

On May 28, 2009, I put New York’s Freedom of Information Law to the test, requesting copies of all paper and electronic correspondence between Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and any and all representatives of the Amazon Defense Coalition with whom he communicated during the past 12 months.

Seven days later, I received a reply from Amy C. Karp, an assistant counsel in Cuomo’s office.  Karp informed me that “the Office of the Attorney General has conducted a diligent search and does not possess any records” of contact with representatives of ADC, the over-the-top-zealous group behind the class-action lawsuit filed against the nation’s second-largest oil company 18 years ago.

Returning to the present day, it will be interesting to see whether New York state officials respond to Chevron the same way they responded to me.

Stay tuned!

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Shakedown in the Rain Forest Nears End in Court, my most-recent piece about the Chevron-Ecuador lawsuit, offers a good recap of the lawsuit to date.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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