South America

105 ABA Journal South America articles.

Paul Hastings hiring spree includes new Brazil office overseen by 3 former Allen & Overy partners

Following news of a record $1 billion in gross revenue in 2014, Paul Hastings is on a hiring spree.

The approximately 875-attorney firm brought in two BigLaw practice leaders…

Angry ghost at law firm pushed me to ground, woman says (see the video)

A woman says an angry ghost pushed her to the ground while at her lawyer’s office in Santiago, Chile.

Cecilia Carrasco, 34, says the ghost shoved her as she was…

Exec asked general counsel to pull up shirt but didn’t spot FBI body cam, news report says

An executive now federally charged in a New Jersey foreign-bribery case apparently feared that his general counsel might be recording device when the two met in 2012 at his Miami,…

Author tells tangled tale of the $19B verdict against Chevron in ‘Law of the Jungle’ (podcast)
In 2011, an Ecuadoran court found the Chevron Corporation liable for environmental damage caused by oil drilling in the 1970s-80s. Chevron was ordered to pay $19 billion to the plaintiffs who brought the suit, a collection of small farmers and indigenous peoples. Although it is tempting to fit this into a simple narrative-either "victory for oppressed people against an evil corporation" or "responsible corporation preyed upon by voracious plaintiffs attorneys"--the truth just isn't that simple.
US judge’s name is a household word in Argentina

A federal judge who rarely makes headlines in the United States is a household name in Argentina, and not in a good way.

The judge is Thomas Griesa of Manhattan,…

Chevron can sue Patton Boggs over law firm effort to collect $9.5B verdict, federal judge rules

In the latest salvo in a hard-fought international environmental case, a federal judge in New York has OK’d a request by Chevron Corp. to sue a law firm representing the…

Federal judge rules for Chevron in civil-racketeer case, bans collection of $9B enviro award in US

In the latest blow to the plaintiffs and their lawyers in hard-fought litigation against Chevron Corp. over environmental damage in Ecuador, a federal district court judge in New York has…

General counsel takes plea in $39M foreign bribery case

A U.S. lawyer who formerly served as general counsel to an oil and gas company based in the Virgin Islands has pleaded guilty and two former top executives face charges…

Racketeering case filed by Chevron against lawyer who won $18B enviro award goes to trial

Having won an $18 billion environmental judgment against a deep-pockets corporate defendant after nearly two decades of litigation, attorney Steven Donziger, one might think, would be living high on the…

Littler Mendelson combines with law firms in Colombia and Costa Rica

Littler Mendelson has combined with law firms in Colombia and Costa Rica as part of its push to expand into Latin America.

Littler is combining with Colombian law firm Godoy…

Brazilians consider privacy laws in wake of NSA surveillance revelations

Online U.S. and global businesses selling to Brazil-based consumers may have new privacy laws to contend with in the wake of concerns over revelations about National Security Agency surveillance activities.

ABA, IABA pledge cooperation on issues involving human trafficking, rule of law

The American Bar Association and the Inter-American Bar Association have agreed to work together on issues involving human trafficking, the globalization of the legal profession and funding for judicial systems…

Onetime Natalee Holloway suspect may wed from Peruvian jail to avoid extortion extradition

Corrected: Convicted murderer Joran van der Sloot is now jailed in Peru, where he was found guilty of slaying college student Stephany Flores.

His crime there was high-profile because of…

Jones Day opens new office in Miami, its first in Florida

Jones Day has opened a new office in Miami, its first in Florida, in a move that is expected to expand its Latin American practice.

Bankruptcy partner Pedro A. Jimenez,…

With $1B fee unpaid, plaintiff lawyer who won $18B enviro case is now pro se against Chevron

Attorney Steven Donziger could earn $1 billion, his opposing counsel says, if an $18 billion foreign judgment against Chevron Corp. concerning environmental damage in Ecuador is upheld.

Meanwhile, Donziger is…

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