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Ecuadorans put Chevron on trial - Company accused in class-action lawsuit of despoiling Amazon region with crude

[The lawsuit charges] the company with despoiling the environment with millions of gallons of spilled crude oil during the 1970s and '80s. International activists who have been aiding the plaintiffs - 30,000 Amazonian peasants and Indians -- say the case could be a milestone in ensuring U.S.-based companies conduct their foreign operations responsibly.

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