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Chevron-Ecuador verdict unlikely until 2011 -judge

A verdict in a multibillion-dollar trial against Chevron Corp in Ecuador over rain forest pollution looks unlikely to be reached until 2011, according to the new judge on the case. Responding to a request from the international arbitration tribunal to which Chevron appealed last year, the judge in the case estimated his verdict would not be reached for another eight to ten months…A verdict had been widely expected this year…The lawsuit contends that Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, polluted the jungle and damaged the health of local residents by dumping 18 billion gallons (68 billion liters) of contaminated water over two decades…Chevron…has asked the court to disregard an expert who said it should pay $27 billion in damages.