Attorneys Ted Frank and Darrell Palmer have withdrawn their appeals of two settlements with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill after several of their former clients accused them of misconduct.
"Steven Donziger has shamed our profession," Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro said Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, capping six weeks of trial in Chevron's fraud case against Donziger and his Ecuadorian clients.
The objectors' new lawyers said in court papers that the "appellants now realize, much to their extreme chagrin, prior counsel’s machinations and subterfuge, of which they were unaware and do not countenance."
"It doesn't mean I haven't committed inconsequential errors along the way," attorney Steven Donziger said on the stand in Chevron's fraud and racketeering case alleging a multibillion-dollar Amazon shakedown.
John Keker of Keker & Van Nest once predicted that Steven Donziger would be "tethered to a stick like a goat" when he finally took the stand to face claims that he orchestrated a multibillion-dollar fraud against Chevron Corporation in Ecuador. On Monday, Chevron began its grilling.
Ecuador's highest court halved the $19 billion jackpot that Amazon plaintiffs obtained in 2011. But the justices backed a lower court's finding that Chevron is liable for rainforest pollution, and they blasted Chevron's attacks on Ecuador's judiciary in New York and elsewhere.