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Associated Press – Chevron countersues Ecuador pollution claimants

Date: Feb 2, 2011

Chevron is filing a countersuit against trial lawyers and their consultants for what it says was a campaign to rig the Ecuadorean court system in a bid to win billions of dollars in a pollution claim.

The step is the latest in an 18-year-old court battle that Chevron Corp. says is driven by U.S. trial lawyers looking for a big payday, not the 30,000 Ecuadoreans who are allegedly victims of environmental damage due to oil exploration and extraction.

The countersuit, which includes federal racketeering claims, was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Among its complaints, Chevron accuses consultants of ghost-writing an expert’s report that pegged environmental damages at more than $27 billion.

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