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Lago Agrio: Donziger Disbarred

Posted on August 14, 2020

Steven Donziger’s career as a lawyer has come to an end. A New York court yesterday disbarred him. This result will not surprise longtime Letters Blogatory readers. Although the referee who conducted the hearing was clearly sympathetic to Donziger, the law was clear: the facts that Judge Kaplan found had preclusive effect and could not be relitigated. And on those facts (or facts′), which included bribery of a judge and falsification of an expert report, disbarment was clearly the right sanction. Here is the key line from the per curiam decision: “Respondent has been found guilty of egregious professional misconduct, namely, corruption of a court expert and ghostwriting his report, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and judicial coercion and bribery which he steadfastly refuses…

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Lago Agrio: Argentine Supreme Court Rejects LAP Appeal

Posted on August 3, 2020

The Argentine Supreme Court has rejected, apparently without a written decision, the appeal of the Lago Agrio plaintiffs from the lower courts’ refusal to recognize the Ecuadoran judgment. I am not aware of any other enforcement proceedings pending anywhere else in the world, so it could be that this really is the end of the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ case. But it would hardly be wise to make a firm prediction!

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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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