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Brief Chevron Ecuador Donziger 08 10

Brief Chevron Ecuador Donziger 08 10

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Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law to Quash or Modify Subpoenas Served Upon Steven Donziger Related to Lawsuit Against Chevron Over Its Contamination in Ecuador
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law to Quash or Modify Subpoenas Served Upon Steven Donziger Related to Lawsuit Against Chevron Over Its Contamination in Ecuador

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK In re Application of:CHEVRON CORPORATION, et al.,
 Applicants
,for an Order Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782 toConduct Discovery for Use in ForeignProceedingsIndex No. 10-mc-0002 (LAK) ________________________________________________________________________ 
THE ECUADORIAN PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM OF LAWIN SUPPORT OF THEIR MOTION TO QUASH OR MODIFY SUBPOENASSERVED UPON STEVEN R. DONZIGER 
 ________________________________________________________________________ Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP75 Rockefeller Plaza, 20
th
Floor  New York, NY 10019(212) 763-5000
Case 1:10-mc-00002-LAK Document 28 Filed 08/28/10 Page 1 of 36
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGE NO.TABLE OF AUTHORITIES..........................................................................................ii-ivINTRODUCTION...............................................................................................................1BACKGROUND.................................................................................................................4I. Chevron’s Pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.........................................4II. The Lago Agrio Trial...................................................................................7III. Chevron’s Collateral Attacks on the Lago AgrioTrial: The BIT Arbitration and its Efforts toInvalidate the Cabrera Damages Report....................................................11IV. Chevron’s Own Ex-Parte Contacts With the Lago Agrio Court................13V. The Matter of Plaintiffs’ Contacts Is Pending In Ecuador.........................15ARGUMENT.....................................................................................................................18I. Plaintiffs Incorporate Mr. Donziger’s Brief inSupport of His Motion to Quash the Subpoenas........................................18II. The Subpoena of Opposing Counsel isDisfavored and the Court Should Quashthe Subpoenas Pursuant to Rule 26............................................................19III. The Subpoenas Seek PrivilegedMaterials and Testimony............................................................................20a. Attorney-Client Privilege Applies.................................................20 b. Work Product Privilege Applies andHas Not Been Waived by Disclosures to Cabrera.........................21c. Much of any Disclosure to Ecuador or Its Representatives is Subject to theCommon Interest Privilege............................................................23d. The Crime Fraud Exception Does Not Apply................................26IV. The Subpoenas Fail Under All of the
 Intel 
Factors...................................28CONCLUSION..................................................................................................................31
Case 1:10-mc-00002-LAK Document 28 Filed 08/28/10 Page 2 of 36
 
 iiTABLE OF AUTHORITIESPAGE NO(s).CASES
 Aguinda v. Texaco, Inc.
,303 F.3d 470 (2d Cir. 2002)................................................................................7, 8
 Aguinda v.
 
Texaco, Inc.,
142 F. Supp. 2d 534 (S.D.N.Y. 2001),
aff’d 
,
 
303 F.3d 470 (2d Cir. 2002)..........................................................................8
 Aventis Pharma v. Wyeth
,2009 WL 3754191 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 9, 2009)........................................................29
Chevron Corp. v. Champ,
 No. 1:10-mc-00027 (W.D.N.C)..............................................................................3
Chevron Corp. v. Stratus Consulting, Inc.
, No. 10-cv-00047 (D. Colo.)....................................................................................3
 ECDC Envtl., L.C. v. N.Y. Marine & Gen'l Ins. Co
., No. 96 Civ. 6033,1998 WL 614478 (S.D.N.Y. June 4, 1998)..........................................................22
 In re Apotex, Inc
.,2009 WL 618243 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2009)..........................................................28
 In re Application of Chevron Corp., et al.
, No. 1:10-mc-00001-LAK (S.D.N.Y.).....................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp., et al.
, No. 1:10-mc-00002-LAK (S.D.N.Y.).....................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp.
, No. 10-cv-02675 (D.N.J.).......................................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp.
, No. 1:10-mc-00021 (D.N.M.).................................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp.
, No. 10-cv-01146 (S.D. Cal.)...................................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp.
, No. 10-MI-0076 (N.D. Ga.)....................................................................................3
 In re Application of Chevron Corp.
, No. 3:10-cv-00686 (M.D. Tenn.)............................................................................3
Case 1:10-mc-00002-LAK Document 28 Filed 08/28/10 Page 3 of 36

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