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Kevin Heller’s Chevron Subpoena

Published on September 28, 2012        Author: 

Kevin tells the story here. Remarkably, the lawyers representing Chevron in its long-standing series of disputes with Ecuador issued a subpoena for information from Kevin’s Gmail account. Their only apparent reason for doing so was Kevin’s commentary on the case at Opinio Juris. Due to the ACLU’s intervention on Kevin’s behalf the subpoena request was dropped, but it is quite remarkable to see how the (overzealous?) lawyers for a party to a dispute used judicial process to such effect and did so without providing any justification, thus creating the impression that they did so in order to suppress academic commentary adverse to the interests of their client.

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