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Steven Donziger, the environmental lawyer known for his multibillion-dollar battle with Chevron over its Ecuadorian oil field in the Amazon, on Thursday was disbarred.

In a firmly worded opinion, the Appellate Division, First Department ruled that Donziger is disbarred in New York state, retroactive to his July 10, 2018, suspension from the practice of law handed down by the First Department. In its per curiam opinion, the appeals court not only cited Donziger’s “egregious professional misconduct” connected to the environmental litigation he brought against Chevron in Ecuador, which by 2011 led to an $8.6 billion judgment against the massive energy company, but the Manhattan-based justices also sharply criticized a court-appointed referee in the disciplinary matter who in February 2020 recommended that Donziger’s suspension be lifted and he be allowed to practice law again.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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