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    District judge rules Chevron will not pay for environmental damage

    A district court judge has ruled Chevron does not need to pay a $9.5 billion settlement determined by an Ecuadorian court in 2011. Due to the judgment being “obtained through illegal means,” Chevron would not have to pay the required fee, Judge Lewis Kaplan said. Chevron was obligated to pay for the environmental impact by Texaco — acquired by Chevron in 2002 — in Ecuador that affected indigenous peoples, such as the Huaorani people. Steven Donzinger, a lawyer involved in the Ecuadorian settlement along with two Ecuadorian lawyers, was accused of bribery and corruption in the 2011 decision. Judith Kimerling, a Queens College political science professor and a lawyer who…