Chevron Can Depose Plaintiffs Attorney Who Acted as ‘Political Operative,’ Judge Rules
Posted Oct 25, 2010 4:26 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Outtakes that the director of the documentary Crude was ordered to produce to Chevron Corp. helped fuel the oil company's argument that a New York lawyer acting on behalf of Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the environmental case could and should be deposed despite his claims of privilege.
Because attorney Steve Donziger acted primarily as a "political operative," he must make himself available for deposition, a federal judge ruled in an order (PDF) last week in the Southern District of New York case.
A link to the ruling is provided by the Arts Beat blog of the New York Times.
ABAJournal.com (Sept. 2009): "Parties in $27B Environmental Case Fight Video With Video"
ABAJournal.com (May 2010): "Fed’l Judge Subpoenas Raw Footage from ‘Crude’ Documentary About Chevron Suit"
American Lawyer: "Court Allows Chevron to Depose Lead Plaintiffs Lawyer in Ecuador Case"
Bloomberg: "Chevron Allowed to Subpoena Ecuadoreans' Lawyer in Amazon Pollution Case"
Dow Jones Newswires: "US Judge Orders Deposition Of Plaintiffs' Advisor In Chevron Case"