The case of the day, Republic of Ecuador v. Dassum (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2014), has nothing whatever to do with the Lago Agrio litigation. Roberto Isaias Dassum and William Isaias Dassum were indirect shareholders of Filanbanco, an Ecuadoran bank that failed in 2001. Under the law that created the Agencia de Garantia de Depositos—Ecuador’s version of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation—the Isaias brothers were jointly and severally liable for the depositors’ losses. Ecuador’s government also determined that the Isaises had “drained the bank’s funds through fraudulent misconduct,” and in 2003, it issued warrants for their arrest. By then the Isaises were living in Miami. (The brothers deny wrongdoing and have set up a website to plead their case).

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