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Chevron’s $660,000 Sanction Award Against Donziger Nixed on Appeal

March 4, 2021, 5:49 PM

A federal district court order barring Steven Donziger from raising funds by selling interests in a much-litigated foreign judgment against Chevron Corp. was too ambiguous to be enforceable, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.

Because the order wasn’t clear, the lower court was wrong to hold Donziger in contempt for engaging in that conduct, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The appeals court vacated a more than $666,000 sanction issued against Donziger.

Donziger won an $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuadorian courts over pollution in the Amazon. Chevron then sued in the U.S. under the ...