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18 Jun 2007

Cesar Chelala and Alejandro M Garro, Gulf Times

Amazon toxic waste case may set a legal precedent

Chevron is now facing a multibillion-dollar suit, accused of polluting significant portions of the Amazon region…[and] allegedly caused significant environmental damage and serious health consequences for the indigenous population…Although the plaintiffs wanted the case to be tried in New York, a federal appeals court in…ruled that it should be conducted in Ecuador…[however] the court also stated that any judgment against the oil company would be enforced in the US. US courts will also reassert jurisdiction if Chevron refuses to co-operate with the litigation in Ecuador…[also refers to Texaco (part of Chevron)]