Chevron Corp.’s attorneys at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who successfully fought for hundreds of hours of outtakes from the documentary “Crude,” about the 17-year-old Ecuadorean environmental suit against their client, have asserted that in the footage they have viewed, they have found evidence of plaintiffs lawyer Steven Donziger and other plaintiffs experts conspiring with Richard Cabrera, the purportedly independent Ecuadorean special master appointed by the court to determine Chevron’s damages, to influence Cabrera’s report even before he was officially named to his position.
According to Chevron’s 39-page motion filed Tuesday in In re Application of Chevron, 10 MC 00001, for a preservation order, Cabrera attended a March 2007 planning meeting headed by Donziger and Ecuadorean plaintiffs lawyers. The “Crude” outtakes, according to Chevron, show one of the Ecuadorean lawyers telling the assembled group that [Cabrera] would “sign the report [on damages] and review it. But all of us … have to contribute to the report.” Later in the meeting, Chevron alleges, the tapes show Donziger saying, “We could jack this thing up to $30 billion … in one day.”
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