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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Donziger Entitled To 5th Amendment Defense; Hearing Will Proceed

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on Dec. 9 denied a motion by Chevron Corp. seeking to preclude Steven R. Donziger, the attorney who won an $18.5 billion judgment against the company in a court in Ecuador for injuries only to have it reversed, from refusing to answer questions in an evidentiary hearing based on his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The judge also denied a motion by Donziger in which he sought to stay the evidentiary hearing in question (Chevron Corporation v. Steven Donziger, No. 11-691, S.D. N.Y.).
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