Donzinger defends himself against Chevron bribery claims

|About: Chevron Corporation (CVX)|By:, SA News Editor

Attorney Steven Donziger testified yesterday that he would “never” have bribed a judge to rule against Chevron (CVX) in the environmental lawsuit over decades-old pollution from oil exploration in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin.

But he also said, in his second day on the stand in a racketeering trial brought by CVX over the case, that his team representing Ecuadorean villagers employed methods in the litigation that would have raised eyebrows in the U.S., such as meeting privately with a supposedly independent court-appointed expert and drafting sections of a report signed by that expert that recommended billions of dollars in damages.

Over the course of the trial, Donziger's defense team has repeatedly said Chevron's lawyers engaged in similar conduct.

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