The ruling by a U.S. federal judge is the latest twist in a nearly 30-year battle that began as an attempt to prove the oil company caused environmental harm in Ecuador.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -A disbarred American lawyer who spent more than two decades trying to prove Chevron Corp polluted Ecuador's rainforest was found guilty on Monday by a U.S. judge of six counts of criminal contempt. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan ruled that attorney Steven Donziger "repeatedly and willfully" defied court orders, including by failing to turn over his computer, phones and other electronic devices. Chevron did not respond immediately to requests for comment.