New York - It could be game, set and match to the lead attorney in Chevron's impending RICO racketeering suit against a ragbag of Ecuadorean pollution scam fraudsters and their corrupt litigation backers.
Randy Mastro, hugely successful former mob prosecutor, ex-mayoral deputy to Rudi Giuliani and head of litigation at top-seeded US legal firm Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher is fighting in Chevron's corner against the fraudulent $19 billion Ecuadorean judgement.
The oil company has gone before Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York to quash any enforceability of the 2011 Ecuador judgement after amassing overwhelming evidence of its procurement by fraud.
Although Chevron has virtually no assets in Ecuador some shyster lawyers in the US representing Amazonbotch Coalition litigants in the Ecuador pollution case now appear to have choreographed the entire, stinking, corrupt lawsuit which has slowly unraveled in the last two years.
The RICO corruption and racketeering trial before Judge Kaplan against lead Amazonbotch lawyer Steven Donziger and pals is scheduled for later in the autumn of this year.
So far Chevron lead counsel Randy Mastro has successfully decimated countless attempts to stop it from getting to court, batting away Donziger's feeble attempts to dismiss on grounds of, er, legal stuff.
This weekend well placed NYC sources say Mastro is superbly positioned to subpoena several European Union officials involved in Ecuador's original Chevron pollution scam.
The same deep throat also reckons those EU big wigs have been involved in recent attempts to sequester Chevron's assets around the world to force payment for the corrupt Ecuador judgement.
Coincidentally this has been heavily hinted at by an insider pal of CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden who has claimed those same EU bureaucrats were caught in a NSA wiretap, masterminding new ways of scamming Chevron to enforce a Lago Agrio judge's damages award.
The price of a barrel of sweet light crude is nudging $100+.