Saturday, December 21, 2013
If the Guy at the Chevron Station Looks Ecuadorian, He Might Be Ecuadorian
A Canadian court this week granted a group of Ecuadorian fishermen and farmers the right to seize Chevron assets to enforce an $18-billion judgment they won against the company in their homeland.
The Ecuadorian court found Chevron liable for three decades worth of soil and water contamination in the Amazon and the injuries and losses sustained by the local population.
Chevron is fighting back in a lawsuit filed in a New York court contending the Ecuadorian judgment was won through falsification of evidence and bribery.
This week, a panel of judges noted a Chevron spokesman had previously said, quote, "We’re going to fight this until hell freezes over. And then we’ll fight it out on the ice." In response, the judges wrote, quote, "After all these years, the Ecuadorean plaintiffs deserve to have recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorean judgment heard on the merits in an appropriate jurisdiction. At this juncture, Ontario is that jurisdiction."