Lawyer blasted by judge for conduct in Chevron case should get his law license back, ethics referee

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS


The referee, John Horan, said in a Feb. 24 report that lawyer Steven Donziger’s interim suspension should be ended, and he should be allowed to resume the practice of law. The case goes to a New York appeals court, which will decide whether to accept the recommendation.


Disbarment “impresses me as too extreme,” Horan said. “Nor do I think there are precedents which control. There appears to be no case like this.”


The $9.5 billion Ecuador judgment was based on allegations that Texaco, a company acquired by Chevron, had caused environmental damages in Ecuador’s Lago Agrio region through oil exploration work.


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