Ecuador: News Updates

The government of Ecuador says it has granted political asylum to Julian Assange, the country's foreign minister has announced.

Ricardo Patino, foreign minister, made the announcement during a press conference in Quito on Thursday.

"The Ecuador government, loyal to its tradition to...

August 16, 2012

MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge declined to file contempt charges against a lawyer who Chevron claims has stonewalled discovery orders the company is using to fight a $113 billion environmental lawsuit in Ecuador. Nevertheless, the judge ordered "additional measures" to...

Barbara Leonard
January 14, 2011

Patton Boggs wants to keep representing plaintiffs in a human rights and environmental action against Chevron Corp. Standing in the way of that continued legal work is the oil giant itself. The law firm this week filed court papers in Washington's federal trial court...

Mike Scarcella
January 14, 2011

* Chevron subpoenas film clips, says they show misconduct *

Plaintiffs mull pressure tactics in documentary outtakes *

Amazon court seen ruling later this year in $27 bln case

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Outtakes from a documentary...

Hugh Bronstein
January 11, 2011

For all the polished rhetoric and decorous argumentation by very pricey lawyers, there was no disguising the bare-knuckle nature of the hearing Dec. 17 before U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois in Philadelphia. On its face, the issue was whether Philadelphia lawyer Joseph...

Chris Mondics
January 7, 2011


Patton Boggs's role as both law firm and lobby shop has been called into question as a possible conflict of interest by the firm's opposing counsel in a decades-long, multi-billion-dollar environmental lawsuit that pits Ecuadorian plaintiffs against Chevron.

The disagreement...

Amanda Becker
November 29, 2010

Today a federal court in San Francisco dismissed in its entirety a lawsuit Chevron Corporation filed against Cristobal Bonifaz, a human rights lawyer who had previously lost a case he filed against the energy giant. The earlier action was filed on behalf of indigenous...

October 8, 2010

QUITO - Ecuador was plunged into political crisis Thursday as troops seized the country's main airport and stormed the Congress building in what President Rafael Correa denounced as an attempted coup.

About 150 renegade troops seized a runway at Ecuador's international airport in the...

Agence France Presse
September 30, 2010

Washington, D.C. - There are currently reports of a possible attempted coup d'etat underway in Ecuador. There have been violent protests by police and some elements of the military, reports that President Correa has been injured, and reports that the air force has...

September 30, 2010

As President Correa took to Quito's streets to dialogue with the demonstrators, he was struck by tear gas and injured, forcing him to evacuate to a national police hospital. In an interview from his hospital bed, Correa insisted that the protests were a coup d'etat...

Global Exchange
September 30, 2010