Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chevron Wins Suit Fighting $9.5 Billion Ecuador Judgment - The Spy Pen Helped

Back in 2009, I posted this: Spy Pen May Kill $27 Billion Lawsuit. A little later: The Chevron Secret Recordings Case Continues. Chevron claimed that the Ecuadorian legal system was corrupt and they were not getting a fair hearing. 

They backed up their claim with covert videos showing the bribery and corruption. For a while they hosted the videos on their website, while saying they had nothing to do with the making of them.

The videos were made with nothing more than a cheap spy pen and video wristwatch bought from a SkyMall catalog. 

Now, a $9.5 Billion lawsuit is $0.00. If this doesn't prove the power of spy gadgets, nothing does. 

Got any cheap spy gadgets hanging around your offices? You don't know, do you? Call me.

Here is how the lawsuit ended today...
A federal judge ruled in favor of Chevron Corp. on Tuesday in a civil racketeering case, saying a record $9.5 billion environmental judgment in Ecuador against the oil giant was "obtained by corrupt means."

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan found that New York lawyer Steven Donziger and his litigation team engaged in coercion, bribery, money laundering and other criminal conduct in pursuit of the 2011 verdict.
The decision barred Mr. Donziger and his two Ecuadorean co-defendants from profiting from the verdict.

The case in New York stems from a 2003 lawsuit filed by a group of Ecuadorean villagers from the Lago Agrio region over decades-old pollution from oil exploration in the Amazon rain forest by Texaco Inc., which Chevron acquired in 2001. The decision could hamper efforts to enforce the 2011 judgment by pursuing Chevron's assets in Canada and elsewhere. (more)