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.
In a trial over the fate of a relatively small software merger, the DOJ has made heavy use of internal documents in which executives of Austin-based Bazaarvoice cheered that they would be able to hike up prices after acquiring their company's primary business rival.
Chevron counsel Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn went on the attack, accusing Steven Donziger of orchestrating $19 billion extortion campaign in Ecuador. Donziger's lawyer, meanwhile, asked for an end to Chevron's "name-calling" and assured Judge Lewis Kaplan that the oil giant doesn't have a case.
Twenty years of litigation. A $19 billion judgment. Sixty law firms and 2,000 legal professionals — and that's just on one side. Chevron in Ecuador can plausibly claim to be the messiest case since Jarndyce sued Jarndyce.
For any litigator, defending a client against billion-dollar claims is a big deal. Now try adding a dead mega-star, a sordid tale of drug abuse, a medical whodunit, and rabid fans stalking the courthouse.
After a long legal brawl to avoid paying licensing fees to a company it calls a patent bully, HTC Corp. has been handed a nearly $1 million bill.
Wilson Sonsini client Brett Hurt said he hadn't reviewed an email he sent to Bazaarvoice's board saying its acquisition of PowerReviews would leave the company with "no meaningful direct competitor."
Retractable Technologies argued that rival Becton Dickinson attempted to monopolize the market for safety syringes by making deceptive statements about the effectiveness of its products.
Plaintiffs lawyers targeted in a special report over suspected money laundering and other crimes linked to BP's $9.6 billion oil spill settlement have retained white-collar criminal attorneys as they prepare to object to the findings.