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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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