This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Chevron: Ecuador Whistleblower Threatened By Lago Agrio Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Stocks in this article: CVX

Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) today condemned actions taken by the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ lawyers to intimidate, threaten, and harass whistleblower Fernando Reyes who has provided a sworn declaration offering an insider’s account of the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fraud during the trial in Ecuador. Subsequent to the filing of the Reyes Declaration, the plaintiffs’ lawyers and publicist have issued press statements attacking and disparaging Reyes and threatening him with harassing litigation. In response, Chevron has issued the following statement:

“Rather than address the substance of Reyes’ testimony on the merits, the plaintiffs’ representatives hope to intimidate him. Chevron calls upon the authorities to investigate these threats against Reyes. Chevron encourages other whistleblowers who have information about the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fraud to come forward.”

Note to Editors:

Reyes is an Ecuadorian petroleum and environmental engineer who served as a consultant to the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Last Wednesday, Chevron submitted a sworn declaration from Reyes in support of its fraud and racketeering lawsuit in New York against the plaintiffs’ lawyers and backers in which Reyes provides an eyewitness account as to how the plaintiffs’ lawyers have sought to manipulate the trial since its infancy, deceived the court, corrupted the trial process, and engaged in the development of a fraudulent “independent” report. Reyes’ testimony is corroborated not only by his own notes, but by documents produced by Donziger in court-ordered discovery, deposition testimony, and outtakes ( here and here) from the movie “ Crude.” The plaintiffs’ lead American lawyer, Steven Donziger, once described Reyes as “one of the most qualified engineers and academics in the field.”

The Reyes Declaration confirms the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fraud on multiple levels. Reyes had considerable involvement in the Lago Agrio case for the plaintiffs, first serving as what was represented as an “independent” monitor of court experts and then as a “shadow” advisor to Richard Cabrera, a supposedly-independent court expert. In fact, Reyes introduced Cabrera to Donziger and his co-counsel, and the plaintiffs’ lawyers pressured the court in Ecuador to appoint Cabrera to conduct a “global assessment” of environment conditions in the Oriente region of Ecuador’s Amazon. Reyes was also present in a meeting between the plaintiffs’ lawyers and consultants and Cabrera before Cabrera was appointed as an independent court expert (video from the meeting here and here). Cabrera ultimately submitted a report to the court, described by one of the plaintiffs’ consultants as “the single most important technical document for the case,” assigning more than $27 billion in damages against Chevron.

Cabrera’s report has since been shown to be a fraud, written by the plaintiffs’ representatives and passed off as the work of a neutral and independent court appointee. Reyes’ declaration describes the process by which the plaintiffs’ lawyers sought out someone who, as Donziger put it, would “totally play ball with us and let us take the lead while projecting the image that he is working for the court.” The plaintiffs’ lawyers’ were aware of the fraud they were committing: as their scheme to deceive the court was unraveling, Donziger’s co-counsel wrote, “all of us, your attorneys, might go to jail.”

While courts in Ecuador have ignored the evidence of the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fraud, even going as far as to include many of “Cabrera’s” claims in the judgment issued last year, other courts have not. In an opinion issued in July, a court in the Southern District of New York found that “uncontradicted evidence demonstrates that the report and subsequent responses filed in Cabrera’s name were tainted by fraud.”

More information on the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ fraud can be found here. Additional background on the Ecuador litigation can be accessed here and here.

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.



1 of 2

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,672.60 -141.38 -0.79%
S&P 500 2,051.82 -11.33 -0.55%
NASDAQ 4,757.8790 +7.4820 0.16%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs