A Chevron Corporation spokesperson informed me late Wednesday night that several articles published earlier that day validate much of what I’ve written in more than three-dozen posts during the past 16 months about the 17-year legal battle between Chevron Corporation and the Amazon Defense Coalition in Ecuador.
“You were miles ahead on this story, and everything you’ve written about in the past is finally being exposed,” said Justin Higgs, media advisor for the San Ramon, Calif.-based company.
The Wall Street Journal published a story, Shakedown in the Rain Forest. Though bearing an incorrect dateline of April 6, 2010, upon initial publication, the story about began with a question and an explanatory paragraph as follows:
What do you get if you cross a South American republic and crusading environmental groups with an American oil company?
If that sounds like a joke, consider Ecuador, where American plaintiff attorneys and green activists are trying to wring Chevron for the biggest environmental verdict in history. In a case that’s before an Ecuadorian court, Chevron faces a possible $113 billion verdict—it was a mere $27 billion until last week—to clean up a mess almost certainly created by the government’s own oil company, PetroEcuador, which has presided over 1,200 spills in the past decade alone.
Law.com International News published an article, Chevron Follows Up Its Blockbuster Release with a Sequel, that begins this way:
New York federal district judge Lewis Kaplan said this month that Chevron Corporation’s big U.S. discovery campaign, arising out of the epic mass tort suit that the oil company is defending in Ecuador, is “no fishing expedition.” Still, the fish are jumping. Chevron’s discovery nets have found a rich haul in the outtakes from “Crude,“ a documentary film about the litigation. The first set of outtakes filed by Chevron received a great deal of attention, including here.
Two other publications shared similar sentiment:
Agora Financial published a piece under the headline, The $113 Billion Smoking Gun: The Chevron Witch Trial and an Environmental Bernie Madoff. The writer of the piece describes the Chevron-Ecuador lawsuit as “baseless,” a “transnational criminal enterprise” and an “outrageous scandal”; and
Point of Law informed its readers of the latest lawsuit-related news in its piece, Anti-Chevron suit reaches new stage in Ecuador, still ridiculous.
EDITOR’S NOTE: It makes me feel good to know I scooped many of the major news media outlets on this story. Now that the trial period is over, I look forward to the ruling that’s expected to come from Ecuadoran Judge Leonardo Ordonez very soon. Stay tuned.
To read any of my three-dozen posts about the lawsuit, click here.
UPDATE 9/23/10 at 1:56 p.m Central: Carter Wood and the folks at the National Association of Manufacturer’s ShopFloor blog have coverage of this news as well.