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12/20/11- Chevron Letter to Ecuador's Prosecutor General

12/20/11- Chevron Letter to Ecuador's Prosecutor General

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JONES
DAY
51
LOUISIANAAVENUE,
N.W
.•
WASHINGTON,
D.C.
20001.2113TELEPHONE
+
1.202.8793939
FACSIMILE:
+1.202.6261700
DirectNumber:(202)879-3924lfcullen@JonesDay.com
December20,
2011
VIAHANDDELIVERYDr.GaloAlfredoChiribogaZambranoProsecutorGeneral
of
EcuadorAv.EloyAlfaroN32250yRepublicaQuito,EcuadorDr.Over
H.
JaramilloJaramilloProsecutor
of
Sucumbios
No.4
EdificiodelaFiscaliadeSucumbiosCalleManabientre
lOde
agostoyVenezuelaCiudaddeNuevaLojaRe:Evidence
of
JudgmentFraudinLagoAgrioLawsuitDearDrs.ChiribogaandJaramillo:AscounselforChevronCorporation,
J
havewritten
to
theProsecutorGeneral'sOfficeformorethanayearwithevidence
of
unlawfulconduct
by
theplaintiffs'representativesinconnectionwiththeongoingcivilcase
in
LagoAgrioagainstChevronCorporation.Thepreviouslysubmittedevidenceprovesthatplaintiffs'representativescovertlyworkedwiththepresidingjudge,NicolasZambranoLozado,
to
draftthe
judgmentitself.
Iwriteagaintoprovidefurtherevidenceimplicatingplaintiffs'representatives-includingStevenDonziger,PabloFajardo,JuanPabloSaenz,JulioPrieto,andLuis
Yanza-along
withJudgeZambranoLozado,andtoinquirewhy,despitetheseriousness
of
thisevidence,ithasyettoreceiveanyinvestigationinEcuador.
I
Fraud
in
theJudgment
AsIhavepreviouslyrelayed,there
is
substantialandunrefutedevidencethattheFebruary
14,2011
judgmentagainstChevron
is
fraudulent.Newlydiscoveredevidencefurtherconfirmstheundisputedfactthattheauthor(s)
of
thejudgmentcopiedplaintiffs'internal,unfiledworkproduct,includingcorrespondence,memoranda,charts,andenvironmentaldatabases.Thispattern
of
thejudgment'srepeateduse
of
untiledmaterialpreparedbyplaintiffs'representatives,
I
Most
of
thisevidencewasattachedtomySeptember
22,2011
letter,andallevidencehasbeen
or
willpresentlybefiledwiththeLagoAgriocourt.
ALKHOBAR
ATLANTA
BEIJING
BOSTON
BRUSSELS
CHICAGO
CLEVELAND
COLUMBUS
DALLAS
DUBAIFRANKFURT
HONGKONG
HOUSTON
IRVINE
JEDDAH
LONDON
LOS
ANGELES
MADRID
MEXICOCITY
MILAN
MOSCOW
MUNICH
NEW
DELHINEW
YORK
PARIS
PITTSBURGH
RIYADH
SAN
DIEGO
SAN
FRANCISCO
sAo
PAULO
SHANGHAI
SILICONVALLEY
SINGAPORE
SYDNEY
TAIPEI
TOKYO
WASHINGTON
 
JONES
DAY
Dr.GaloAlfredoChiribogaZambranoDr.Over
H.
JaramilloJaramilloDecember20,2011Page2includingslavishrepetitIOn
of
themistakesinthatmaterial,suggeststhattherewasnoindependentorcriticalanalysis
of
thematerialsprovidedbytheplaintiffs'teamtotheCourt.Chevronhasmostrecentlyfoundthat,
in
June2009,Mr.FajardoemailedMessrs.Donziger,Saenz,andPrietosaying,
"Colleagues,takealookatthisdecision.Ithink
it
worksverywell
jor
US.,,2
Hethencopiedintothebody
of
theemailashortmemofromanot-yetidentifiedthirdpartyanda
"transcri[ptionj"
of
apublishedEcuadoriancourtopinion.
3
Thattranscriptioncontainsnumerousmistakesnotfoundinanypublishedversion
of
thecourtopinionitself.
4
Thejudgmentrepeatsall
of
thesemistakes,exactly,aswellasacitationerrorMr.Fajardomade.
s
Inthecontinuedabsence
of
anyexplanationbytheplaintiffs'representatives,thisandotherevidencediscussedbelowcompeltheconclusionthatMr.Fajardoandhiscoconspiratorscommittedjudicialfraud
in
participatinginthedrafting
of
thejudgmentintheirfavor,andthatJudgeZambranocommitted
prevaricato
bycolludingwiththemtoissuethefraudulentjudgment..TheFebruary14,2011judgmentalsoreferstoseveraltestsamplesbynamesthatare
not
foundintherecord,butratherinprivatespreadsheetscreatedbytheplaintiffs,whichcontaininformationfromtheplaintiffs'owndatabase.Because
of
thisirregularity,myclientretainedMichaelYounger,apreeminentelectronicforensicinvestigator,toanalyzethesematerials.Mr.Youngerconcludedthatmany
of
thesamplingresultsnamed
in
thejudgmentcamenotfromthejudicial-inspectionreportstiledwiththecourt,butfromplaintiffs'ownprivatedatabase,whichwasneversubmittedinthecourtrecord.
6
InhisJune10,2011report,Mr.Youngerreaffirmsthisconclusion.Heconcludesthatseveralkeyfiguresinthejudgment,suchasthenumber
of
supposedearthenpitsintheconcessionandthepercentage
of
samplesallegedlyshowinghighlevels
of
contamination,werelikelycomputedusingtheunfiledSelvaVivadatabase.
7
That
is
tosay,thejudgmentisnotbasedonthecaserecord,butinsteadontheopposingparty'sunfiledanddemonstrablyinaccuratedatabase.
2
EmailfromPabloFajardotoStevenDonzigeretaI.,datedJune
18,2009
at2:27p.m.,attachedasAnnexA(DONZ00051504).
3
EmailfromPabloFajardotoStevenDonzigeretaI.,datedJune
18,2009
at2:27p,m.,attachedasAnnexA(DONZ00051504).
4
Compare
HighlightedEmailfromPabloFajardotoStevenDonzigeretaI.,datedJune
18,2009
at2:27p.m.,attachedasAnnex
S,
with
HighlightedCopy
of
Andrade
v,
CONELEC,
attachedasAnnex
C.
5
Compare
HighlightedEmailfromPabloFajardotoStevenDanzigeretaI.,datedJune
18,2009
at2:27p.m.,attachedasAnnex
S,
and
Highlighted
Copy
of
Andrade
v.
CONELEC,
attachedasAnnexC,
with
HighlightedExcerptfromPage186
of
theJudgment,attachedasAnnex
D,
showingoverlapwiththeFajardoEmailandvariationfromthepublished
CONELEC
case.
6
Declaration
of
Michael
L.
Younger,Feb.23,2011,attached
as
Annex
19
totheAppellateAlegato.
7
ExpertReport
of
MichaelL.Younger,June
10,20
II,
at
14-17,
attachedasAnnex4to
Chevron's
motionfiledJuly26,20IIat5:48p.m.Withrespecttothepitcountused
in
thejudgment,Youngerconcludesthatthesource
of
thedatacouldbeeithertheSelvaVivadatabaseorthefraudulentCabreraReport.
Id.
at16-17.
 
JONES
DAY
Dr.GaloAlfredoChiribogaZambranoDr.Over
H.
JaramilloJaramilloDecember20,2011Page3Thejudgmentreplicateserrorscontainedintheplaintiffs'database.Forexample,thejudgmentclaimed
"alarming"
levels
of
mercurypresentatcertainsites.Butthedataintheofficialrecordshowsthosesamplesashavingnomercuryabovedetectablelimits.
The
errorcamefromtheplaintiffs'internaldatabase,whichhadseparatedthe
"lessthan"
symbolfromthesamplingresults(e.g.,
"<
7"),
sothatwhatwasanegativeresultlookedas
if
itwerepositive.
As
Mr.Youngerconcluded,
"thedatapointscitedintheSentenciawerecopied,cut-and-pasted,orotherwisetakendirectlyfrom
[the
plaintiffs
I
internaljiles]."s
Additionally,the
judgment
replicateserrorsinthedatabaseattributingdatatothewrongexpertsandconfusesmeasurementunits(forexample,incorrectlylistingJohnConnorasanexpertforLagoAgrioCentraI
9
).
Basedontheseandothererrors,Mr.Youngerconcludedthattheuntiled
"Selva
Viva
DataCompilationwaslikelythesource
of
numerousdatapointscitedintheLagoAgrioCourtDecision.
,,10
Chevronalsodiscoveredfurtherevidence
of
fraudbycomparingthelanguage
of
thejudgmentwithadraftinemorandumauthoredbyplaintiffs'attorneyJuanPabloSaenzandothermembers
of
plaintiffs'legalteamaroundNovember2007regarding
Chevron's
allegedmergerwithTexaco.Uponcomparingthesetwodocuments,linguistsProfessorTeresaTurellandProfessorRobertLeonardfoundwholeblocks
of
textinthejudgmentthatmatchexactly
or
verycloselythelanguageinthedraftmemorandum.
II
Innofewerthanfifteeninstances,significantportions
of
theSaenzmemorandum,includingentiresentences,appearverbatim
or
nearlyverbatiminthejudgment.
12
Forexample,textfromtheSaenzmemorandumispasteddirectlyintopage24
of
thejudgment;thetextappearinginboththejudgmentandtheSaenzmemorandumisboldedforyourconvenience.
13
Jude.ment
at
24
Saenz
Memorandumat
3-4
AI
igual
que
Shields,haquedadoclaroen
el
AI
igual
que
Shields,
Bischoff
participaba
expedienteque
Bischoff
participaba
activamente
enlas
complejas
cadenas
y
activamente
en
las
compleias
cadenas
V
procesos
detomade
decisiones
que
8
ExpertReport
of
MichaelL.YoungerDeclaration,June
10,2011,
~ I V
at
17,
attached
as
Annex
4
toChevron'smotion
filed
July
26,2011
at
5:48
p.m.
9
Declaration
of
Michael
L.
Younger,
Feb.
23,2011,
at
9,
attached
as
Annex
19
totheAppellateAlegato.
10
Id.
at
9.
II
TeresaTurell,ExpertWitnessReport
on
DisputedAuthorship
of
theText:Sentencia:JuicioNo.
20030002,
JuezPonente:
Ab.
NicolasZambranoLozada,June
28,2011,
attached
as
Annex
2
to
Chevron'smotionfiledJuly
26,2011
at
5:48
p.m.;Report
of
Robert
A.
Leonard,June
27,2011,
attached
as
Annex
3
to
Chevron'smotionfiledJuly
26,20
II
at
5:48
p.m.;Memorandumattached
to
theemail
from
JuanPabloSaenztoPabloFajardoandothers,datedNov.
15,2007
atII
:24
a.m.,attached
as
Annex
23
totheAppellateAlegato(DONZ-HDD-O
14250325).
Ourreview
of
the
Lago
Agriorecordindicatesthatthismemorandumwasneverfiledwiththecourt.
12
Declaration
of
Seth
A.
Leone,dated
May
2,2011,
attached
as
Annex
22
to
theAppellateAlegato.
13
Compare
Judgmentissued
by
theDeputyPresident
of
theProvincialCourt
of
SucumbiosdatedFeb.
14,
20
I
J
at
8:37
a.m.,
MariaAguindaetal.
v.
ChevronCorp.,
No.
002-003
at
24,
with
Memorandumattached
to
theemail
from
JuanPabloSaenz
to
PabloFajardoandothers,datedNov.
[5,2007
at
II
:24
a.m.,attached
as
Annex
23
to
theAppellateAlegato(DONZ-HDD-O
142503-25
at
3-4).

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