ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER WHO WON A LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST CHEVRON LOST EVERYTHING
When the big businessman thinks something, he will do it by any manner. This is clearly evident in the case of Steven Donziger, who won a multibillion-dollar judgment in Ecuador against the monolithic corporate Chevron over the massive contamination in the Lago Agrio region has been fighting a lone and tiresome battle on behalf of the marginalized indigenous people and farmers who are struggling for more than 25-years. He was put on house arrest. The people behind this heinous crime are none other than the lawyers and law firms appointed by Chevron.
When most of the mainstream media in America and elsewhere conveniently omitted this important story, the valiant “Intercept” published an article on 29th January 2020. “I’m like a corporate political prisoner,” Donziger told the Intercept reporter Sharon Lerner. And the fact is that Donziger is not exaggerating. As he was arguing the case against Chevron in Ecuador back in 2009, the company expressly said its long-term strategy was to demonize him. What followed is a Chevron-instigated smear campaign. The company also hired private investigators, and lawyers from 60 firms to knock-out Donziger. The result is he has been disbarred and his bank accounts have been frozen. Facing exorbitant fines, he is confined to his Manhattan apartment. The court also seized his passport.
As per the Intercept, in an emailed statement, Chevron wrote that “any jurisdiction that observes the rule of law should find the fraudulent Ecuadorian judgment to be illegitimate and unenforceable.” The statement also said that “Chevron will continue to work to hold the perpetrators of this fraud accountable for their actions, including Steven Donziger, who has committed a litany of corrupt and illegal acts related to his Ecuadorian judicial fraud against Chevron.”
The home confinement is his punishment for refusing a request to hand over his cell phone and computer.
It’s been observed the judiciary also behaving in a suspicious way as it took lots of unprecedented steps to nab him. The sorrow-filled part is everything is happening in the land of unlimited free speech.