South America

105 ABA Journal South America articles.

Onetime Suspect in Unsolved Aruba Disappearance of Natalee Holloway is Charged With Murder in Peru

A Dutch man who was once the prime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba has now been charged with first-degree murder in the…

With Law Firm’s Aid, Studio Strikes Back by IDing Alleged Culprit in Hacking of ‘Twilight’ Images

Heartbroken to see images on the Internet earlier this year from its latest, as-yet-unreleased film in the Twilight Saga vampire romance series, a movie studio went the extra mile.

Summit…

Couple Wins Damages After Condo Neighbor Complains They Were Having Noisy Sex

Asked by a condominium resident to do something about the “indiscreet and scandalous” noise a neighbor couple allegedly made while having sex in their suburban Rio de Janeiro home, a…

Davis Polk Raids Mayer Brown to Open New Sao Paulo Office, Lures Away 2 of 3 Partners

Corrected: Davis Polk & Wardwell has raided Mayer Brown’s office in Sao Paulo for the lawyers it needs to open a new office in Brazil’s financial center this summer.

Joining…

Milbank Corporate & Securities Leader Takes Team to Dewey, Where He Will Head Latin America Practice

The head of the Latin America practice group at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is taking a team of lawyers to Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he will serve in a…

Brazil Supreme Court OKs Same-Sex Unions

Same-sex unions must be recognized, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday, finding that gay couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples in areas like alimony, benefits and inheritances.

According to…

Exxon Mobil’s Dispute with Venezuela Has Global Implications
Chevron Fined $8.6B By Ecuador Court in Environmental Case

Chevron Corp. says that there has been an adverse ruling against the oil company today in an environmental case in Ecuador, and a lawyer there who represents the plaintiffs tells…

Harvard Professor Announces Launch of Project to Study Impact of Emerging Economies on Lawyers

David B. Wilkins, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on where the legal profession is headed, received the outstanding scholar award Saturday from the fellows of the American Bar Foundation.…

US Judge Grants TRO to Block Enforcement of Potential Ecuador Verdict Against Chevron

In the latest twist in a hard-fought international environmental case that reportedly could win a megabillions verdict for the plaintiffs, a federal judge in New York has granted a temporary…

Patton Firm Seeks to Sue Chevron, Gibson Dunn, Claims Tortious Interference with Client Relationship

Last week, Chevron Corp. filed a federal civil racketeering lawsuit in New York against the plaintiffs in a hard-fought multi-billion-dollar Ecuador environmental case, alleging that they conspired to manufacture and…

Pursuit of Happiness Could Become a Constitutional Right in Brazil

Legislators in Brazil are considering a constitutional amendment to make the “pursuit of happiness” one of the social rights of citizens.

The document now lists social rights that include education,…

Lawyer in Megabucks Chevron Enviro Case Must Turn Over Hard Drive Mirror Images, Judge Rules

After persuading a federal judge that a plaintiff’s lawyer waived privilege by operating as a “political operative” in conjunction with the making of a documentary film, a corporate defendant in…

Doc Film Helped Chevron Subpoena Plaintiffs’ US Legal Files in $113B Ecuador Enviro Case

A documentary film encouraged by the lead plaintiff’s lawyer in a $113 billion case concerning alleged damage to a South American rain forest apparently didn’t achieve the result attorney Steve…

Chevron Claims Patton Boggs Conflict, Due to Lobbying Link, in $27B Environmental Case

In the latest unusual twist in a hard-fought legal battle between Chevron Corp. and individuals in Ecuador who allege environmental damage in a $27 billion class action, the oil company…

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