A disbarred lawyer who won an $8.6 billion judgment against
The former attorney, Steven Donziger, won the judgment against the energy company in 2011 from an Ecuadorian court on behalf of a group including indigenous people, supported in his crusade by celebrities including Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and the actor Susan Sarandon.
In a subsequent civil racketeering lawsuit Chevron filed against Donziger in the U.S., a federal judge found the award had been achieved through fraud and bribery and blocked Donziger and his clients from collecting it. Donziger denied the allegations.
Donziger was charged with
“It’s time to pay the piper,” Preska wrote.
“The decision will be reversed” on appeal, Martin Garbus, a lawyer for Donziger, said in an email. “She has criminalized a civil case,” he said, referring to the judge.
Chevron didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the ruling.
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