At a dinner party, the woman next to Donziger suggests that the Ecuadorian judge presiding at the end of the trial might fear for his life if he rules against plaintiffs. Donziger responds that the judge “might not be [killed], but he’ll think — he thinks he will be … which is just as good.”

Judge Kaplan recounted this scene without commentary in his Nov. 5 ruling under the heading “Killing the Judge?” The bracketed text is from his opinion. Plaintiffs have dismissed the conversation as meaningless banter.