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Fordham’s Howard Erichson on Two-Decade Rainforest Litigation (Audio)

Howard M. Erichson on Bloomberg Law, July 14, 2013

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Professor Howard Erichson of the Fordham University School of Law, discusses the complexity of 20 years of litigation over environmental damage to the rainforest in Ecuador. Chevron's fight to overturn an $18 billion dollar verdict for polluting the rainforest has taken surprising twists and turns. He talks with June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio's "Bloomberg Law."

Regarding the elaborate nature of the international dispute, Erichson says, "This is the extreme case of messy, bitterly fought litigation. It's been going 20 years, and shows no sign of stopping. Virtually every issue along the way has been fought bitterly by both sides. The underlying dispute about alleged environmental harm is sad enough, but when you look at the way the litigation has been fought, it's hard not to feel [really sad] at the drain of resources involved in litigation that goes on this long and is so hard fought."

Listen to the full podcast here.