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23 Dez 2013

Alexandra Valencia, Reuters

Chevron appeals to top Ecuador court in pollution case

U.S. energy company Chevron Corp appealed on Monday to Ecuador's highest court, asking it to cancel a $9.5 billion fine for polluting the Amazon rainforest in a long-running case. Last month Ecuador's National Court of Justice upheld a 2011 verdict by a lower court that Chevron was responsible for pollution in the area caused by U.S. oil firm Texaco, whose assets were bought by Chevron in 2001. Chevron says that 2011 ruling was obtained by fraud and it is pursuing a case in New York against the U.S. lawyer representing the plaintiffs…Villagers in the remote jungle region say the pollution has harmed their health. Chevron says Texaco cleaned up the area before handing it to Ecuador's state oil company, Petroecuador, which Chevron says bears the responsibility… Earlier this month, an Ontario appeals court ruled that a group of Ecuadoreans can seek enforcement in Canada of the judgment against Chevron...

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Chevron appeals Ecuador’s highest court ruling fining company $9.5 billion in oil pollution lawsuit

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)