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2 Mai 2013

Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Businessweek

Canada Says ‘No Thanks’ to Chevron Pollution Suit

Residents of the Ecuadorian rainforest looking for a place to enforce their $19 billion oil-pollution judgment against Chevron may have to scratch Canada off their list…Since Chevron has no assets in Ecuador [the plaintiffs’ legal team] has filed fresh suits in Canada, Argentina, and Brazil, seeking the assistance of courts in those countries to seize and sell off Chevron ships, refineries, and pipelines….Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown said, “no thanks,” in reply to the invitation to adjudicate the bitter claims and counterclaims. Brown said that Chevron Corp., the parent corporation and main defendant in Ecuador, doesn’t directly own assets in Canada; instead, the company controls its facilities there via subsidiaries…The plaintiffs immediately said they plan to appeal. “It cannot be right that a multinational company that operates entirely through subsidiaries is immune from enforcement of a judgment in Canada…”…the lead lawyer…for the plaintiffs, said in a statement…[Refers to Petroecuador]