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31 Jan 2012

Alison Frankel, Reuters

Ecuadoreans call for U.S. help in Chevron arbitration

Chevron went back to the...arbitration panel to request emergency relief...Chevron asked for a finding that the Republic has not complied with the panel's interim order...[T]he arbitrators converted their interim order into a interim award, which Chevron believes will be a big help in its attempts to persuade courts around the world not to permit the Ecuadoreans to take control of Chevron assets...The Republic of Ecuador asserts that the arbitration panel has exceeded its authority by issuing an unconstitutional order...Ecuadoreans are calling on the U.S. government to take a stand in the BIT arbitration. "The United States government cannot stand silent while a U.S. company uses the treaty as a cover to violate international law, deny the human rights of indigenous groups, violate the constitution of a U.S. ally, and threaten the credibility of the entire investor arbitration dispute system - just so it can gain a perceived advantage in a private litigation,"..."That's not the place of the U.S. government," Chevron spokesman Kent Robertson said.

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Ecuadorian group objects to "secret" meeting of Hague arbitration panel regarding $18.2 billion Ecuadorian judgment in Chevron oil pollution lawsuit

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)