Ecuador: Constitutional Court rules against Chevron’s appeal in long-running massive environmental pollution case

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Autor(a): CSR Wire

In a resounding defeat for Chevron in a landmark pollution case, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court in a unanimous 8-0 decision rejected the oil major’s final appeal of a $9.5 billion pollution judgment that found the company deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste onto Indigenous lands in the Amazon rainforest…The decision, issued in a 151-page decision published Tuesday, was a total victory for the Indigenous groups that brought the case and a stunning rejection of all of Chevron’s claims.  The Court rejected Chevron’s allegations that it was victimized by fraud and the court threw out the company’s claim that Ecuadorian courts had no jurisdiction over the matter…The decision also raises the total number of appellate judges in Ecuador and Canada who have ruled against Chevron on either the underlying merits of the case or its fraud claims to 29. The case against Chevron was spearheaded by the Amazon Defense Front, a grass roots group representing 80 Indigenous peoples and farmer communities in Ecuador’s northern Amazon region…“This decision is another huge victory for the people of Ecuador in their historic two-decade battle for environmental justice against the world's worst corporate polluter and rogue operator,” said FDA leader Luis Yanza, a Goldman Prize winner who initiated the lawsuit against Chevron in U.S. federal court in 1993. "No country should ever do business with Chevron until the company first pays for the harm it caused to the people of Ecuador."...

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Ecuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage.  Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court's decision..., saying it should pave the way for indigenous tribes to receive compensation for oil spills that contaminated groundwater and soil...[T]he ruling is largely symbolic as Chevron no longer operates in the South American country...Ecuador's government will have to pursue assets...in foreign courts, where it so far has had little luck...Last week, an appeals court in Argentina rejected an attempt by Ecuador to collect on its award, echoing earlier rulings by courts in Canada, Gibraltar and Brazil...

Chevron said in a statement that the high court's decision "is consistent with the pattern of denial of justice, fraud and corruption against Chevron in Ecuador."...It added that Chevron "will continue to work through international courts to expose and hold accountable those responsible for the judicial fraud and extortion against Chevron in Ecuador."  In an added twist, the American lawyer who for years represented Ecuador in the matter was barred Tuesday from practicing law in New York state...

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