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Case of the Day: Cabrera v. Kosan Crisplant

Posted on November 17, 2016

The case of the day is Cabrera v. Kosan Crisplant A/S (S.D. Tex. 2016). Much confusion is in the air. Roberto Cabrera brought a product liability suit against Kaya Baskül, a Turkish company, following a propane fire and explosion in Conroe, Texas. The decision is a little confusing, because it refers to an attempt in 2014 to serve process on Kaya by service of the summons and First Amended Complaint on the Texas Secretary of State, which then sent the documents by registered mail to the Turkish central authority. The Secretary of State indicated that no response had been received. In fact, Cabrera went on to serve process on Kaya directly via the central authority mechanism in February 2016. As far as I can…

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Lago Agrio: The Cabrera Report—Mystery Solved

Posted on December 18, 2012

Today Letters Blogatory wades further into the Lago Agrio mire than usual. The question is one I raised back in April, when Doug Cassel’s open letter was still the hot topic: who wrote the Cabrera report? Who wrote the Cabrera report? The Cassel memorandum points to emails in which one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers seemingly admits that they wrote the report, unbeknownst to Chevron, and in which one seemingly admits that the report could constitute a fraud on the court because it was ghostwritten. Cabrera, recall, was the independent (or not-so-independent) court-appointed global damages expert. One of Chevron’s main arguments has been that Cabrera (Chevron likes to call him Richard Stalin Cabrera Vega) was not independent, but was bought and paid for by Donziger…

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Lago Agrio: Donziger Referee Recommends Reinstatement

Posted on March 2, 2020

The latest twist in the saga of Steven Donziger is a major win for the embattled lawyer for the Lago Agrio plaintiffs. A referee has recommended that he be reinstated to the practice of law. I had previously written that I didn’t want to write about the case anymore because I find it too depressing. Well, this new development is important enough that I am going to write about it, but writing about it and explaining my view requires me to explain just why I am depressed by the way the case turned out.

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