Chevron Shakedown lawyer now held in contempt of court docket

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Jazz ShawPosted at 9:21 am on Might 24, 2019

It’s been some time since we checked in on Steven Donziger, the New York Metropolis legal professional who was the architect of the failed Chevron Shakedown. How are issues going for him as of late? Effectively, the primary merchandise to notice is that I ought to concern a correction to that first sentence. Donziger has reportedly been disbarred from each place the place he was beforehand allowed to observe legislation. He can now symbolize no one however himself, so is he nonetheless technically an legal professional?

Whether or not he’s or not, he might want some exterior illustration within the close to future. Because it seems, Donziger has raised the hackles of at the very least one decide he’s come earlier than and is at the moment being held in contempt of court docket. (Forbes)

I’ve detailed the civil contempt of court docket movement in opposition to Steven Donziger in prior columns. So it’s very pleasing to learn United States District Decide Lewis Kaplan’s exceptional, 75-page, contempt of court docket ruling. It begins with these phrases: “Steven Donziger, previously a lawyer, has led a corrupt effort to extort billions of from Chevron Company.”

After that devastating introduction, issues solely bought worse. Donziger, whose “corrupt effort” has been described on this column, is now in contempt of court docket for blatantly and willfully violating Decide Kaplan’s orders. These orders enjoined Donziger from persevering with to personally revenue from what Decide Kaplan termed “the fraudulent procurement of a multibillion judgment from a provincial court docket in Ecuador (the “Ecuador Judgment”).”

…It appears to be like like a reasonably harsh punishment, at the very least by way of Donziger’s pockets. The court docket has given him till Might 28th to remit all the cash he collected because the injunction was put in place… to Chevron. Yep. He has to put in writing a seven-figure verify to the identical firm he’s been making an attempt to extort cash from. If he doesn’t try this, the court docket will start imposing a every day nice on him. Beginning on Might 28th the nice will likely be $2,00zero.00 and it’ll double every day after that till the cost to Chevron is full. If he doesn’t repay the cash rapidly, he might quickly be in debt to the court docket for much more.

Right here’s the complete article

HT/ Dennis Ok (pleased?)

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