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Joe Berlinger granted stay on ‘Crude’ subpoena

A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has granted Joe Berlinger, director of the documentary Crude, a stay on a subpoena order that would have Berlinger turn over 600 hours of footage to oil company Chevron.
June 9, 2010

A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has granted Joe Berlinger, director of the documentary Crude, a stay on a subpoena order that would have Berlinger turn over 600 hours of footage to oil company Chevron. The three-judge panel ruled that the stay would last until the expedited appeal hearing, for which arguments are expected to take place in July. Chevron is currently embroiled in a legal battle with representatives for indigenous Ecuadorians who allege that Texaco (now owned by Chevron) polluted their water, and the company maintains there is material within the footage that is relevant to its case. Meanwhile, in an op-ed in the Huffington Post, Robert Redford added his voice to the chorus of support for Berlinger coming from the documentary community and beyond.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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