Fans of shows like the Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy know what RICO is. Yes, that RICO, as in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. Recently, however, Chevron was able to convince a US judge that the residents of Ecuador that the company poisoned are actually engaged in a the organized, criminal act of trying to collect on the $18 Billion 2011 settlement against Chevron.
This comes almost 2 years after Chevron’s people declared that the people of Ecuador “don’t matter“, and just weeks after Chevron offered the residents of Bobtown, PA coupons for a free pizza after an explosion at their fracking wells killed at least one worker.
If you’re not vomiting with rage and hate towards Chevron yet, don’t worry. We’ve got more on this story from the guys at DeSmogBlog, below- and remember, if you stand up to Chevron, you might get labeled a terrorist, and get sent to prison under the RICO act for decades.
Fri, 2014-03-14 14:30Mike G Last week, Chevron’s RICO suit against the lawyers representing 30,000 Ecuadoreans impacted by the company’s oil pollution in the Amazon came to its inevitable conclusion when the judge presiding over the case, Lewis Kaplan…