NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has denied a request for the immediate release of raw footage of a documentary about a legal dispute between Chevron and Ecuadoreans.
Lawyers for Chevron asked the court on Tuesday to lift a temporary order blocking a lower court’s ruling that the footage should be released right away. The court said it would continue its stay on the case until it hears arguments in early July.
Chevron is seeking outtakes from the film “Crude” to prove that courts in Ecuador are treating the company unfairly.
Filmmaker Joseph Berlinger maintains he has a First Amendment constitutional right as a journalist to keep the outtakes out of the litigation.
Ecuadoreans claim Texaco Inc. contaminated their land before it became a subsidiary of Chevron in 2001.