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Chevron Adversary Says ‘Juicy Check’ for Fees Was Joke

A Manhattan lawyer who’s spent his career battling Chevron Corp. over pollution in Ecuador said he may collect as much $600 million in fees if his court victory in the South American nation is enforced.

The attorney, Steven Donziger, testified yesterday in a Manhattan trial over Chevron’s allegations that Ecuadorean plaintiffs secured their 2011 victory through bribery, fraud and coercion. The misdeeds amounted to a racketeering and extortion plot, the San Ramon, California-based company said in its lawsuit against Donziger, who joined the Ecuador case in the 1990s and became its lead adviser.