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17 Feb 2012

Braden Reddall, Reuters

Panel reinforces Ecuador award halt in Chevron case

An arbitration panel reinforced an order that Ecuador's government seek to suspend an $18 billion court award against…Chevron Corp over pollution in the South American country's rainforest. A year after its original order, the three-person panel, working under The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration, told the Republic of Ecuador on Thursday to "take all measures necessary" through its judicial, legislative or executive branches to suspend enforcement of the award at home and abroad...Pablo Fajardo, lead lawyer for the local communities in that case, argued in a statement on Friday that the panel's ruling violated provisions of Ecuador's constitution prohibiting interference in its courts, as well as treaties obligating the government to protect citizens' rights to seek legal redress. [also refers to Texaco (part of Chevron), Petroecuador]

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International arbitration panel reinforces order against Ecuador to suspend enforcement of damages award against Chevron in oil pollution lawsuit

Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)