Get the latest Chevron Ecuador lawsuit news. This category covers recent 2015 lawsuit news and the latest on Steven Donziger, the attorney that used corrupt means to obtain a 2011 court verdict in Ecuador.
Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Paul Barrett came to Dartmouth this week to talk about his new book on the legal battle …
As we previously reported, Canada has taken the unfortunate step of getting involved in Ecuador’s long running Chevron Shakedown effort with one of their courts agreeing to hear a case related to the ongoing lawsuits. Some of their prominent citizens have warned against the foolish nature of going down this path, but thus far things remain on track. Recent news leads me to suspect that Ecuador is trying to win friends and influence people in the Great White North in preparation for the trial, perhaps to get some public opinion movement on their side. And where did they start their search for new Canadian buddies? With the unions, of course. Read more>>
Why is a progressive Canadian union cozying up with one of the world’s most regressive regimes? Why are they boasting about meeting with officials of a government that Human Rights Watch says has “abused its power to harass, intimidate, and punish” its political opponents? Perhaps we should direct that question to the Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), whose leaders recently returned from a tour of Ecuador. Read more>>
The District Court of the Hague has rejected Ecuador’s attempt to set aside the interim awards entered by the tribunal hearing the BIT dispute between Ecuador and Chevron. As I have previously noted, the tribunal had ordered Ecuador to “take all measures necessary to suspend or cause to be suspended the enforcement and recognition within and without Ecuador of the judgments” the Ecuadoran courts had issued against Chevron, pending the outcome of the arbitration. Read more>>
The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favor of Chevron Corp. in a challenge to international arbitration awards it secured against Ecuador in a long-running dispute over alleged drilling pollution in the Amazon rain forest, according to documents released on Friday. Read more>>
You don’t often hear Canada and Ecuador mentioned in the same breath, but the left’s fight to smear big corporations over alleged abuses sometimes makes strange bedfellows. It started when Chevron acquired Texaco in 2001. Texaco had been previously active in Ecuador and worked with the Ecuadorian government to mitigate and clean up its drilling sites, at a cost of $40 million to Texaco. Texaco fulfilled this clean-up to the Ecuadorian government’s satisfaction and was legally released from any liability. Years later and after the Chevron acquisition, however, Ecuador colluded with environmental activists to coordinate a $19 billion (later reduced to $9 billion) judgment against Chevron for alleged contamination by Texaco of the Ecuadorian jungle. Ecuador and the radical environmental group Amazon Watch teamed up with American lawyer Steven Donziger, whose shady tactics, combined with a lack of judicial independence in Ecuador, resulted in a multi-billion dollar judgement against Chevron. Interestingly, there was never a lawsuit against or criticisms of PetroEcuador, the nationalized oil company that partnered with Texaco in Ecuador, taking over operations in the early 90’s and which is responsible for well over 1,000 spills in the region since 2000. Read more>>
Stratus has been steeped in controversy in recent years after the company admitted to falsifying a report in a $19 billion lawsuit against oil giant Chevron. In 2013, Stratus admitted to providing false statements against Chevron at the behest of Steven Donziger, a trial lawyer representing Ecuadorian villagers in the suit against Chevron. Stratus admitted to being pushed by Donziger to write a report in a way that made it look like it was written by a court-appointed independent expert. Read more>>
In this post, we highlight ten of the most important judicial decisions of 2015, and related trends, of import to …
Over the holidays, many reflect over the past year in search of lessons learned for the coming year. In line with this tradition the Appeals Monitor is, once again, pleased to present our annual review of the most significant appeal decisions of the past year which we should be mindful of and which can be expected to impact Canadian employees and businesses for years to come.
Chevron v Yaiguaje: Foreign Judgment Day: In Chevron Corp v Yaiguaje, 2015 SCC 42, the SCC addressed the test for recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment in domestic courts. This decision was identified as one of our top ten Appeals to Watch in 2015. This decision has important implications for both foreign corporations and their Canadian subsidiaries. Read more>>
Chevron scored yet another victory on Wednesday in an ongoing legal battle tied to 20 year pollution case in Ecuador. The Supreme Court of Gibraltar granted Chevron a $28 million award after issuing a judgment against Amazonia Recovery Ltd, a Gibraltar-based company established to receive and distribute funds resulting from a contentious 2011 Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron. Read more>>
Hollywood stars may feel good when they drip their hands in Ecuadorean oil (the linked picture is of Mia Farrow in 2014, fully 22 years after Ecuador alone began exploiting the site). Poor Ms. Farrow and her friends should realize that that oil isn’t Chevron’s or Texaco’s. Only after Donziger is sanctioned and Ecuador punished in arbitration will the international rule of law be vindicated. Read more>>
Chevron made more progress in its table-turning campaign against plaintiffs’ lawyers suing the oil company over pollution in Ecuador. The Supreme Court of Gibraltar has ruled that a company set up by the plaintiffs’ attorneys to collect billions of dollars in court winnings must actually pay over $28 million to the oil giant. The decision, issued Dec. 9, sheds light on the unusual machinations in a case that has dragged on for more than two decades with no sign of resolution anytime soon. Read more>>