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Karen Hinton is president of Hinton Communications with offices in Washington, DC and New York. Previously she worked in the Clinton Administration for Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, at the Democratic National Committee under the late DNC Chair Ron Brown and for former U.S. Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy of Mississippi. She works pro-bono for attorney Steven Donziger on behalf of a group of indigenous Ecuadorian citizens, in connection with private litigation to help hold Chevron accountable for one of the largest environmental disasters in the world in the Amazon rainforest. From May 2008 to March 2013, she was paid by Donziger to represent these Ecuadorians as their U.S. media spokesperson in relation to the ongoing lawsuits.

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Seven Years Documenting Chevron's Environmental Crimes in Ecuador Pollution Case

(6) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 2:36 PM

After 11 years of litigation in the South American country, eight Ecuador judges have either awarded or affirmed a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron, which it refuses to pay. For background on the Ecuadorians' long-running litigation against Chevron, see here.

Seven years ago this month, I traveled...

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Chevron's "Ghostwriting" Charge Unraveling in Ecuador Pollution Case

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Will U.S. Appellate Court Consider New Evidence Or Close Its Eyes?

Chevron's "ghostwriting" charge against Ecuadorian villagers and their attorneys, who together have held the oil giant accountable for toxic dumping in the Amazon rainforest, is unraveling.

In the unraveling is...

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Current Findings of Chevron's Contamination in Ecuador "Just Scratch the Surface"

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2015 | 2:12 PM

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Dirt Soaked In Oil: Chevron Testified Texaco Cleaned This Well Site In Ecuador Rainforest, Yuca 2.

- New York Times columnist, October 2005 "A (Chevron) spokesman told me yesterday that the billions of gallons of waste that was dumped...
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Chevron Chutzpah Knows No Bounds In Statements About Ecuadorians' Contamination Case

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 5:56 PM

"You are exploiting poor people who are suffering! That's outrageous!" - Reed Brodsky, Chevron/Gibson Dunn lawyer to a supporter of the Ecuadorians


Sometimes the less you say, the more you say.

That's especially true when your opponent has a habit of making ill-advised and even moronic statements about...

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Courts Deep-Six Details of Chevron's Relationship to Shady Characters in Cover-up of Ecuador Environmental Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:55 AM

After more than two decades of litigation, Chevron continues to protect a series of shady characters who have been instrumental in trying to sabotage a legal case brought by indigenous groups over environmental damage in Ecuador's rainforest.

No wonder. In the case, Chevron admitted that its predecessor Texaco dumped billions...

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Chevron's Sham Remediation in Ecuador: Toxic Oil Pits Continue to Contaminate

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Chevron, Chevron Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow
With Polluted Soil & Toxic Water
And Wealthy Lawyers All In A Row

During the historic contamination trial against Chevron in Ecuador, the company often took journalists to its so-called "remediated" oil pits to prove that its predecessor Texaco...

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Chevron Will Lose Ecuador Pollution Case on Both Law and Facts

(6) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit.

In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven't.

If you...

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How Chevron's Scientists Misled Courts and Public About Death and Disease in Ecuador

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 6:05 PM

"Scientists ... involved in developing public health and environmental protections recognize we do not need (and we almost never obtain) proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Waiting for absolute certainty is a recipe for failure: People will die, and the environment will be damaged if we wait for absolute proof ......
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False Testimony Forced Chevron To 'Prep' Its Million-Dollar Witness For 50 Days In Ecuador Case

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 4:49 AM

Just when you thought the long-running and bitter Chevron/Ecuador legal battle could not get any more bizarre, it does.

Legal briefs recently filed in a U.S. court revealed that for 50 days Chevron lawyers prepped their million-dollar star witness about a bribe alleged in the oil giant's retaliatory RICO lawsuit...

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Will Mississippi GOP Return Political Favor To Black Voters?

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:32 PM

On a Saturday afternoon in the fall of 1984, a few weeks before the November election of that year, a white man walked into the Greenville, Mississippi campaign office of Robert Clark, the first black person to win a Democratic congressional nomination in Mississippi since Reconstruction.

As the press secretary...

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Chevron: Release The Secret Evidence That Proves Your Guilt In Ecuador

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 6:48 PM

In the wake of a controversial U.S. court ruling that a $9.5 billion Ecuador judgment against Chevron is fraudulent, the oil giant has been touting loudly its innocence of any environmental crimes in the South American country.

Chevron's lawyers even successfully pressured some CBS News corporate suits to yank a...

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Giving the Hen House to the Fox

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:33 PM

Just because your credit score is not perfect does not mean you won't or can't pay your bills on time. Millions of Americans, with just "good" credit scores, are worthy of loans, especially when they want to buy a home.

Owning a home is the way most Americans have built...

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Chevron's Ecuador Plan B

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:13 PM

The big news this week in the Chevron-Ecuador saga is the Patton Boggs settlement with the oil giant, which should not be shocking to anyone following the financial troubles of the law firm.

Patton Boggs' money problems began before the Ecuadorians fighting Chevron retained its lawyers to represent them...

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U.S. Chevron Ruling: One-Sided Justice for Ecuadorians

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 4:58 PM

It was unsettling, to say the least, to be called an "extortionist," "liar" and "criminal," during seven weeks of litigation in a U.S. federal courtroom, where Chevron dominated a show trial against some of the poorest and most disenfranchised people in the world, indigenous tribes in Ecuador.

Now comes a...

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Why Fix Something Not Broken?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Ever since the federal government took control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Congress has put several plans on the table to "fix" them -- with the exception of one: Let them operate the way they always have, only this time, regulate them properly and ensure they have sufficient capital...

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Lost In Translation: Justice for the Ecuadorian Villagers in Chevron's Retaliatory RICO Trial

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Julio Gomez, a Columbia-born American lawyer, stunned a New York courtroom where Chevron is trying to attack a $9 billion Ecuador judgment against it for dumping toxic waste into the Amazon.

When Gomez began his closing remarks in Spanish on behalf of the Ecuadorian villagers who won the judgment,...

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Chevron Ecuador Case Shows Limits of Legal System

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Nothing better demonstrates how ineffective the judiciary can be at righting wrongs than the $19 billion legal battle over Texaco's massive oil contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest from 1964 to 1990.

Since 1993, at least two dozen courts in five countries have heard evidence about the case. Chevron, which bought...

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Chevron Looks For 'Any Opening to Discredit' $19 Billion Ecuador Judgment, New York Times Writes

(26) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 1:00 PM

For the past eight weeks, the New York Times has been researching a story about an American lawyer who has helped fight one of the most important environmental lawsuits in history -- a 20-year battle for justice brought by a group of Ecuadorian indigenous and farmer communities against Texaco for...

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Next Time You're on the Phone With Your Bank, Take a Minute to Gripe About the Swipe, Too

(13) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 8:42 AM

I rarely carry cash, and I am not alone.

Many Americans from coast to coast are saying goodbye to cash and hello to a debit card. I whip out my debit card for everything from a $1 candy bar to $200 in groceries. I am a serial debit card...

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Stepping up the Pressure on Payday Lending

(10) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Now, nearly two years after his nomination as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray has been confirmed finally and can now step up his game even more on policing the financial services industry.

In addition to holding banks and financial firms accountable, he has the opportunity...

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