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Ecuador: Chevron Asks for Dismissal

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Presents video footage showing Ecuadorian court-appointed investigator in collusion with plaintiffs.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

U.S.-based oil giant Chevron Corporation today filed a petition before the Provincial Court of Sucumbíos in Lago Agrio, Ecuador seeking dismissal of the $27 billion lawsuit against it there.

"In support of its petition, Chevron has submitted to the court video outtakes from the movie Crude that show the plaintiffs' counsel, consultants, and associates meeting with the court's supposedly neutral "Global Expert," Richard Stalin Cabrera Vega, to plan and create the $27.3 billion damages report that Cabrera later would present to the court as his own," Chevron says in a statement. 

Chevron believes that the video evidence proves that plaintiffs' counsel and consultants colluded with Cabrera to present a fraudulent report and then to present a fraudulent "peer review" of their own work, it says. 

"Chevron also believes that the video proves that plaintiffs' and Cabrera's denials of their collusion in filings and testimony before the Ecuadorian court, before various United States courts and other institutions, and before the worldwide press have been false," the company says in its statement.  "Chevron's petition argues that the case must be dismissed as a sanction for the abusive misconduct by plaintiffs and their attorneys, and because the fraudulent "Global Expert" report submitted under Cabrera's name is the only "evidence" supporting plaintiffs' case."

Last month, Chevron presented Ecuador's Prosecutor with evidence of systematic fraud in the case. “Throughout the year, Chevron has been engaged in discovery proceedings in several U.S. federal courts and the process has yielded significant evidence demonstrating that representatives of the Lago Agrio plaintiffs have engaged in a fraud on the Lago Agrio court,” Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson said in a statement in July.

Chevron has also created a map showing the web of influence between plaintiffs and their supporters in Ecuador and the United States and the government of Ecuador. 

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