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18 Okt 2011

Leslie Moore Mira, Platts

Chevron may rethink Ecuador strategy after US court move on Shell: analyst

Chevron likely wants a resolution in the ongoing legal dispute over the former Texaco assets in Ecuador, Oppenheimer analyst Fadel Gheit said...adding that...US Supreme Court agreeing to hear a case charging Shell for human rights violations in Nigeria could hold implications for Chevron. "The legal team at Chevron will rethink their position" after the Supreme Court said it would hear the Shell case, Gheit said..."If you open the case for Shell, you have to open it for Ecuador," Gheit said. Gheit wants Chevron to reach a settlement in the Ecuador case because the dispute has become a "distraction" to the company...The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Shell can be held liable for acts of torture and other human rights violations in Nigeria in the 1990s...Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson said in an email that a link between the two "isn't quite accurate."..."Chevron is being sued under Ecuadorian law, not US law," he said. "I'm not sure I see how a ruling from the US Supreme Court, regardless of which way it goes, would have any influence over Ecuador's courts."