Employing U.S. subpoena power in support of foreign litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger and 28 U.S.C. § 1782
Where there are U.S. connections to the dispute, Section 1782 can be a powerful discovery tool, and litigants involved in such foreign proceedings would be wise to conduct themselves with the same caution employed in U.S. proceedings.
Chevron has seen only a few victories in its decade-long pollution case, but the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has given the oil company a major triumph.
Residents of an Amazon rainforest are trying to collect on a judgment they won against Chevron, and the oil giant is refusing to pony up.
The saga of Chevron carries on, with a district court’s Monday announcement that it would allow the oil giant to continue with its lawsuit against the U.S. legal adviser to Ecuador, Steven Donziger.