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Lawyers for Ecuadorian villagers to ask Canadian court to enforce US$9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgement against Chevron over oil pollution

“Ecuadorian Chevron oil pollution case goes before Canadian high court”, 11 Dec 2014

Lawyers for…Ecuadoran villagers are asking Canada's high court…to grant…access to Canadian courts to enforce a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron…for rainforest damage…The[ plaintiffs argue] that the case should be heard in Canada because Chevron has a Canadian subsidiary…Chevron… argues that a 1998 agreement Texaco signed with Ecuador after a US$40 million cleanup absolves it of liability…The…plaintiffs said the cleanup was a sham and didn't exempt third-party claims. The [Ecuadorians’] lawyer…has sought to have the judgment enforced in Canada, Brazil and Argentina. They have not pursued Chevron in the [USA] where a New York judge ruled…that…the judgment from…Ecuador…was obtained fraudulently…That…decision is now being appealed…[Chevron]…has argued that its Canadian subsidiary had nothing to do with the…lawsuit, and that allowing the action to proceed would violate…the "corporate veil," which says that subsidiaries…are not liable for actions of the parents. It noted the parent company has no assets in Ontario…

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