The Dark Side of Green Justice

Chevron sign

Forget “all this bullshit about law and facts,” remarked Steven Donziger in 2007. “In the end of the day, it is about brute force.”

Donziger was a plaintiffs’ attorney attempting to extract billions of dollars from oil giant Chevron—by whatever means necessary. His observation on the role the “law and facts” played in his work nicely captured the character of the years-long campaign of fraud, bribery, and extortion he conducted on behalf of his clients.

PR Firm’s Undisclosed Work for Ecuadorian Government Raises Legal Questions

Protestors throw balloons and wave multicolour flags to protest against Chevron

A New York City-based public relations firm touted the government of Ecuador as a client last month despite not registering as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice, raising legal questions about its relationship.

The firm, MCSquared, promoted protests at a May shareholders meeting of oil giant Chevron, which has squared off with the administration of President Rafael Correa over a long-running environmental lawsuit in Ecuador.

The Five Worst Things About Ecuador

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa / AP

Observers wondering who would assume the mantle of Hugo Chavez as Latin America’s fiery, anti-American strong man did not have to wait long. That man is Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Correa won a second term last February and promised to continue his “citizens’ revolution.” However, his record looks different beyond the rhetoric.