Chevron Maneuvering to Block Ecuadorian Villagers From Enforcing $9.5 billion Judgment in Canadian Courts
www.csrwire.com | Published Dec 10, 2014
OTTAWA, Dec. 10 /CSRwire/ – Trying to make good on its promise of a “lifetime of litigation” to avoid paying for a clean-up of Ecuador’s rainforest, Chevron will ask the Supreme Court of Canada this week to create a new jurisdictional hurdle that likely would close off the country’s courts to indigenous communities seeking to enforce their $9.5 billion environmental judgment against the company.
(A background document explaining the Canadian enforcement action, which will be argued before the Supreme Court of Canada on December 11, can be read here.)
After more than two decades of litigation by the indigenous communities, Chevron is now arguing that a new jurisdictional barrier should apply to the villagers. Chevron is asking that the Ecuadorians establish jurisdiction over the company all over again in Canada, even though such jurisdiction already was established in Ecuador during the underlying trial. read more>