Lawyers for Chevron and two of its attorneys pleaded with a federal appellate panel Tuesday to clear the way for a judge-ordered release of outtakes from “Crude,” a documentary on a hard-fought legal battle involving environmental pollution in Ecuador.

Arguing that filmmaker Joseph A. Berlinger’s footage from “Crude” is critical to the defense of a massive environmental lawsuit, criminal charges against two Chevron attorneys who work in Ecuador and also an international arbitration, Chevron’s lawyers asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to immediately uphold Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s order compelling compliance with their subpoenas.

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