Inside Gibson Dunn's Winning Chevron Strategy

, The American Lawyer


Through dogged detective work, the oil giant's lawyers pieced together the clues that pointed to fraud in an Ecuadorean court.

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Originally appeared in print as Detective Story

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  • Karen Hinton

    Goldhaber‘s take on the Ecuadorian/Chevron battle misleads and omits much and presents only one side. The Ecuadorians and their US supporters expect this from Goldhaber who, acting as jury and judge, convicted the Ecuadorians and their lawyers a long time ago in his columns, even though he knows Chevron‘s legal responsibilities for the massive contamination Texaco left and the harm it has caused to some of the poorest people on the planet.

    If you‘ve read this far, take a few more minutes and read more at these links about Goldhaber‘s "dream" team: Kroll, Sam Anson, and Dans‘ boss, Rivero, who bribed one of Chevron‘s witnesses with cold cash to testify against the Ecuadorians and their attorney. To try and make any of these characters out to be corporate heroes would be hilarious if the topic weren‘t so serious.

    Here‘s part of a conversation Rivero and a Kroll investigator had with the witness, Guerra. Rivero recorded the conversation and had to turn it over as part of the Ecuadorians‘ "Discovery Campaign."

    GUERRA: "[A]ctually, actually ... I have some attachment to that (the documents), right? All the information I have there.

    CHEVRON LAWYER ANDRÉS RIVERO: That can be fixed.

    [CHEVRON] KROLL INVESTIGATOR 5: You will become more attached to what you can buy with the money we pay you. [LAUGHS]

    RIVERO: Yes, sure, true, true.

    GUERRA: It helps, but, but it‘s so little.

    KROLL INVESTIGATOR 5: "[W]e‘ll make a deal on the way to your house. This is what we have in cash. Between now and afternoon‘s end we‘ll have managed to have a little more. How much is it?

    RIVERO: How much? Not when. I said how much. [LAUGHS]

    GUERRA: Make it fifty thousand.

    Since that conversation, Chevron has paid or is paying Guerra up to $2 million for his testimony.

    Much more at these links about Chevron‘s well-paid Super Heroes. (Dans apparently being the exception who got suckered punch for $100 an hour.)

    Chevron‘s Spies In the Jungle/

    Chevron‘s Drug Dealer In the Jungle/Courthouse News

    Chevron‘s $2.2 Million Man & "Dirty Trickster"/San Francisco Chronicle

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