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RICO, Fraud Findings Bar Attorneys
From Profiting From Ecuadoran Judgment

March 11, 2014, 4:00 AM

Chevron Corp. is entitled to equitable relief barring the attorneys for Ecuadoran plaintiffs from profiting from or enforcing within the United States a $9.5 billion judgment obtained by fraud in Ecuador, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled March 4 in a long-running case stemming from contamination of the Amazon rainforest (Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, S.D.N.Y., No. 11-CV-0691).

The ruling enjoins attorneys Stephen Donziger, Hugo Camacho Naranjo and Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje from enforcing the action in the U.S., and creates a constructive trust for the benefit of Chevron on all property traceable to ...