Criminal Contempt Charges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Steven Donziger’s motions to disqualify all of the judges in the district from presiding over his case, disqualify the special prosecutors, and dismiss the six criminal contempt charges he’s facing in a dispute arising from his role in obtaining a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador for dumping oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. 

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Oil and Terrorism

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit against Chevron claiming the company funded acts of terrorism through surcharges of Iraqi crude oil, which were remitted to former Iraq President Saddam Hussein. While Chevron knew a “kickback from its purchase” would be end up in Iraq, it did not necessarily know those funds were specifically used to finance terrorism, the court ruled.

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Louisiana Pelicans Recover, Along With Their Island

Nearly wiped out by agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, Louisiana’s state bird the brown pelican has made a tremendous comeback. Now, thanks to 150,000 cubic yards of Mississippi River sand and help from $18.7 million of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for the catastrophic oil spill a decade ago, one of the pelicans’ essential nesting grounds is also coming back.

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