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23 Jan 2017

Canadian Press, on Toronto Star (Canada)

Canadian court rules that Ecuadorian judgement cannot be enforced against Canadian subsidiary in Chevron oil pollution lawsuit

"Canadian court issues ruling in legal battle between Ecuadorian villagers and oil giant Chevron", 21 Jan 2016

Both sides found positives in a Canadian court ruling issued Friday in a..legal battle between oil giant Chevron and a group of Ecuadorian villagers.  The villagers are using the Canadian courts to try to collect on a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian court judgment for environmental damage.  Chevron issued a news release Friday saying Ontario’s superior court has ruled the oil company’s Canadian arm isn’t a party to the Ecuadorian court decision...A spokeswoman for the villagers issued a counter statement saying the ruling gave the green light for the villagers to continue legal action against Chevron Corp...Karen Hinton’s statement minimized the setback with regards to Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary, predicting it would be “swiftly reversed” by an appeal court.  “Ultimately, we are confident that Canada’s courts will hold Chevron fully accountable for its outrageous and criminal conduct in Ecuador,”...Alan Lenczner argued...that the notion that Chevron Corp. is separate from its Canadian arm was nonsense, saying Chevron Canada is a “cash cow” that sends billions to its controlling parent. Chevron has also derided the Ecuador court judgment contending it was the product of fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice...