Chevron's lawyers at Gibson Dunn kept attacking the integrity of former Ecuadorian judge Nicolas Zambrano, while the oil company's opponents tried to rehabilitate their star witness.
Gibson Dunn's Randy Mastro vowed earlier to give "a big New York welcome" to Judge Nicolas Zambrano of Ecuador, who denies that Steven Donziger or his Ecuadorian team ghostwrote the $19 billion tort judgment issued in his name against Chevron. On Tuesday Mastro delivered on his promise.
Testifying in the oil giant's fraud trial against Steven Donziger, Kohn, Swift & Graf's Joseph Kohn recalled telling Donziger to "come clean" about alleged shenanigans leading to a $19 billion judgment against Chevron.
As soon as he discovered the truth in Ecuador, a Constantine Cannon lawyer felt compelled by legal ethics to drop Steven Donziger as a client—raising questions about those who didn't.
Week Two of Chevron Corporation's mega-tort countertrial completed the testimony of its star witness, Alberto Guerra, a former Ecuadorian judge who is now living in an unprecedented private witness protection program funded by Chevron.
In live testimony on Wednesday, a former Ecuadorian judge in the $19 billion Amazon pollution case against Chevron told a sordid tale of bribes solicited and won.
As the Chevron v. Donziger trial moved into its second week, Chevron's Ecuadorian trial counsel Adolfo Callejas described what he perceived as a series of corrupt, "miraculous offers" to fix the Lago Agrio oil pollution case that ultimately resulted in a $19 billion judgment against the oil company.
One of Steven Donziger's own former consultants joined a Chevron scientist in testifying for the oil giant. Plus: Thoughts on the first week of trial, including the legal points scored and learning to read Judge Kaplan's body language.
Day Two of trial in Chevron's fraud and RICO case against Steven Donziger and his Ecuadorian allies centered on the testimony of Christopher Bogart, founder and CEO of the prominent U.S.-based litigation financier Burford Capital.