A New York attorney who won a landmark oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador’s court system only to have his law license suspended at home for professional misconduct never got a fair hearing and should be allowed to defend himself against disbarment, a legal referee has ruled. The decision involves Steven Donziger, who led a legal team representing Ecuadorians trying to get Chevron to pay for environmental damage caused to a rainforest by Texaco during its operation of an oil consortium from 1972 to 1990. The legal campaign begun in 1993 was ultimately successful in Ecuador. A court there ordered…
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