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Chevron Corp. v. Donziger

United States District Court, S.D. New York

March 20, 2014

CHEVRON CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
v.
STEVEN DONZIGER, et al., Defendants

For Chevron Corporation, Plaintiff: Andrea E. Neuman, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP(Irvine), Irvine, CA; Anne Marie Champion, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, New York, NY; Avi Weitzman, Christopher Michael Joralemon, Georgia K. Winston, Jefferson Eliot Bell, Mary Beth Maloney, Randy M. Mastro, Reed Michael Brodsky, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (NY), New York, NY; Jason B. Stavers, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Denver, CO; Jeffrey David Coren, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York, NY; Robert C. Blume, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (Denver), Denver, CO; Scott A Edelman, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (CA), Palo Alto, CA; William Edward Thomson, PRO HAC VICE, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Los Angeles, CA.

John Rodgers, Movant, John Rodgers, Pro se.

Laura Belanger, Movant, Laura Belanger, Pro se.

For Steven Donziger, The Law Offices of Steven R. Donziger, Donziger & Associates, PLLC, Defendants: Richard Henry Friedman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Friedman | Rubin, Bremerton, WA; Steven Robert Donziger, Donziger & Associates, New York, NY; Zoe Littlepage, The Littlepage Firm, P.C., Houston, TX.

For Hugo Gerardo Camacho Naranjo, Defendant: Julio Cesar Gomez, LEAD ATTORNEY, Julio C. Gomez, Attorney At Law LLC, Westfield, NJ; Richard Henry Friedman, Friedman | Rubin, Bremerton, WA; Steven Robert Donziger, Donziger & Associates, New York, NY.

For Javier Piaguaje Payaguaje, Defendant: Julio Cesar Gomez, LEAD ATTORNEY, Julio C. Gomez, Attorney At Law LLC, Westfield, NJ; Steven Robert Donziger, Donziger & Associates, New York, NY.

For H5, Respondent: Frederick Reed Kessler, LEAD ATTORNEY, Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP, New York, NY.

For Patton Boggs LLP, Interested Party: Caroline Curtiss Marino, James Kenneth Leader, S. Alyssa Young, Thomas Key Richards, Leader & Berkon LLP, New York, NY.

For Joseph C. Kohn, Interested Party: Stephen D. Susman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Susman Godfrey LLP (TX), Houston, TX; James J. Rohn, Joshua J. Voss, Patricia Mary Hamill, PRO HAC VICE, Conrad O'brien PC, Philadelphia, PA; Seth D. Ard, Susman Godfrey LLP (NYC), New York, NY.

For Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C., Interested Party: Stephen D. Susman, LEAD ATTORNEY, Susman Godfrey LLP (TX), Houston, TX; James J. Rohn, Joshua J. Voss, Patricia Mary Hamill, PRO HAC VICE, Conrad O'brien PC, Philadelphia, PA; Seth D. Ard, Susman Godfrey LLP (NYC), New York, NY.

For Republic of Ecuador, Interested Party: Charles MacNeil Mitchell, LEAD ATTORNEY, Winston & Strawn LLP (NY), New York, NY.

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MEMORANDUM AND SCHEDULING ORDER

Lewis A. Kaplan, United States District Judge.

In an opinion dated March 4, 2014 (the " Opinion" ), this Court found that defendant Steven Donziger and others procured a multibillion Ecuadorian judgment against defendant Chevron Corporation (" Chevron" ) by fraud as well as bribery and coercion of Ecuadorian judges. It entered judgment against Donziger, his law practice, and two of the Ecuadorian clients on whose behalf Donziger acted. The judgment imposed a constructive trust on any property traceable to the Ecuadorian judgment and granted related relief in order to ensure that Donziger and these two Ecuadorian plaintiffs could not profit from their fraud. It also restrained them from seeking enforcement or recognition of the Ecuadorian judgment in the United States. DI 1875.

Two weeks later, these defendants filed what they styled an emergency motion for a stay pending appeal or, in the alternative, a temporary administrative stay. The motion is extraordinary in at least two substantial procedural respects.

First, the motion is unsupported by any affidavit or other evidence. It seeks a decision by March 25, 2014. And it invites the Court to deny its motion, without hearing from Chevron and without issuing an opinion, so that it may bypass any reasoned consideration by the ...


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