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14 Feb 2011

Chip Pitts, Corporate Action Network [blog on Human Rights Now]

Chevron Found Guilty in $8 Billion Ecuadorian Human Rights and Environmental Case

After an eighteen-year, multinational court battle, Chevron was found guilty...in an Ecuadorian court and fined $8 billion for pollution that amounted to an ecological disaster and seriously harmed the human rights of the indigenous inhabitants...[A]nticipating today’s decision…Chevron requested and succeeded in obtaining from New York Judge Kaplan...a highly unusual temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the plaintiffs from attempting to enforce any judgment outside of the United States…Chevron’s continued fight against justice in this case is, to say the least, unfortunate – if not tragic. The scientific evidence and record in the case taken as a whole quite compellingly show that the victims have fallen by the wayside in this titanic battle...Chevron plans to appeal [the Ecuadorian] decision, showing no signs yet of adopting a more conciliatory posture toward the victims.