Guest: Paul Barrett
In the early nineties, Steven Donzinger, a young lawyer, became the lead attorney in the Aguinda lawsuit. Filed against Texaco (which was later acquired up by Chevron) on behalf of the Ecuadorian Indians of the Oriente, the suit was a response to massive damage done on parts of the Ecuadorian jungle by years of oil drilling. In this hour of Radio Times, reporter PAUL BARRETT talks to guest host Jeff Brady about his new book Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win It. He examines Donzinger’s two-decade old legal battle with Chevron in courtrooms in the U.S. and abroad, Chevron’s countersuit, the fate of the community in Ecuador, and where things currently stand.