The Lago Agrio Plaintiffs Enlist A Congresswoman

Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky
Representative Janice D. Schakowsky
I’ve previously noted the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ efforts to exert pressure on Chevron by seeking an SEC investigation of Chevron’s disclosures to shareholders of the litigation risk it faces. The plaintiffs have increased the pressure by enlisting Representative Janice D. Schakowsky, a Democrat representing Illinois’s Ninth District, to push the SEC to investigate. Representative Schakowsky’s letter to SEC Chair Mary L. Schapiro references the Erion report that the plaintiffs released a few months ago.

Chevron is probably dismayed to have Representative Schakowsky side with the plaintiffs, as she is a member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce. On the other hand, she is by reputation one of the most progressive members of Congress, and thus probably not a natural ally of Chevron in any case.

Photo credit: Office of Representative Schakowsky

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2d ed. 2016), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's forthcoming treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation, and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

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