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If any of you have ever watched Damages on TV you probably wonder where they come up with their plot lines. (If you haven’t seen it, you should – but watch it from the beginning.)  I often tell people they wouldn’t believe half of the insane stuff that goes on in lawsuits. Anyway, in a suit against Chevron concerning their alleged polluting of an Ecuadorean rain forest, it was discovered that one of the expert witnesses had filed fraudulent reports with the court. The expert was hired by the plaintiffs to oversee water and soil tests, but had to return to the US before the reports were prepared. In a multi-BILLION dollar suit, the expert witness essentially signed a blank report that he allegedly believed would be filled in with the actual results. Imagine his surprise when although he recalled finding no significant contamination, the reports with his signature on them indicated that the sites were significantly impacted and required remediation. The “mistake” was discovered when the expert’s name was misspelled on his own correspondence with the court. This apparently alerted Chevron’s attorneys that something was not quite right with this expert’s reports. Can you believe that some guy was actually paid to oversee reports in a case of this magnitude and doesn’t even bother to make sure he signs the actual results?  Now that I think of it, this sounds more like an episode of the Simpsons.

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