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Chevron Claims Trial Showed Proof of Fraud in Ecuador

Chevron Corp. asked a federal judge in New York to find that a racketeering plot was behind a multibillion-dollar pollution verdict against the company handed down by an Ecuadorean court.

Closing arguments began today in Manhattan after six weeks of trial in which the company claimed lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ecuador environmental case bribed judges and drafted much of the actual ruling. Steven Donziger, a New York attorney accused of leading the scheme, has denied allegations of wrongdoing and maintained the judgment is valid.