By Paul M. Barrett
The gripping tale of 1 American lawyer's obsessive crusade--waged at any cost--against immense Oil on behalf of the bad farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest.
Steven Donziger, a self-styled social activist and Harvard informed attorney, signed directly to a budding type motion lawsuit opposed to multinational Texaco (which later merged with Chevron to develop into the third-largest company in America). The swimsuit sought reparations for the Ecuadorian peasants and tribes humans whose lives have been plagued by many years of oil creation close to their villages and fields. in the course of two decades of criminal hostilities in federal courts in long island and distant provincial tribunals within the Ecuadorian jungle, Donziger and Chevron's attorneys fierce no-holds-barred principles. Donziger, a larger-than-life, loud-mouthed showman, proved himself a grasp orchestrator of the media, Hollywood, and public opinion. He cajoled and coerced Ecuadorian judges at the idea that his noble ends justified any technique of persuasion. And in spite of everything, he gained an not likely victory, a $19 billion judgment opposed to Chevron--the greatest environmental damages award in background. however the corporation refused to give up or compromise. as a substitute, Chevron detailed Donziger individually, and its counter-attack printed damning proof of his politicking and manipulation of proof. all of sudden the decision, and a long time of Donziger's single-minded pursuit of the case, started to resolve.
Written with the feel and aptitude of the simplest narrative nonfiction, Law of the Jungle is an unputdownable tale within which there are numerous sufferers, an enormous area of ruined rivers and polluted rainforest, yet only a few heroes.
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8 Similarly, mob control of the garment industry was addressed by a plea bargain between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Gambino brothers, whereby they promised to sell off a substantial Page 7 portion of their garment-industry trucking interests and pay a $12 million fine; their trucking companies (which were also defendants) agreed to withdraw from an industry they had dominated for decades. 10 There were similar victories over mob-controlled enterprises outside of the New York City metropolitan area.
Gotti for inclusion because the charismatic Gotti is the most notorious American mafioso of this generation. His success in defeating three previous prosecutions had created an aura of invincibility that was magnified by the publicity he attracted in the national newspapers and news magazines. Page xiv Part 3 consists of a post-1980 bibliography of organized-crime books, articles, and prosecutions. We hope that the availability of this bibliography, especially the case citations, will encourage future research.
Admittedly, there is an element of arbitrariness in our selection of five cases. We could have selected many others that were extremely important for what they reveal about Cosa Nostra and the government's ability to investigate and prosecute organized crime. Nevertheless, while some people might have different nominees for inclusion in the "top five," we think anyone knowledgeable about organized crime would agree that our choices are reasonable. Teamsters Local 560 for decades had been one of the most, if not the most, notoriously mob-controlled major union local in the United States.