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Reuters – Chevron Goes to Trial in New York Over $18 Billion Ecuador Award

Date: Oct 14, 2013

NEW YORK — Chevron Corp will try to convince a U.S. judge this week that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their U.S. lawyer used bribery to win an $18 billion (11 billion pounds) judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle.

In a trial starting Tuesday, the oil company is asking a federal court in New York to prevent the villagers and their Harvard-educated lawyer, Steven Donziger, from using U.S. courts to enforce the Ecuadorean judgment.

A victory in the United States would likely help Chevron’s defence in other countries where Donziger and the villagers may seek to enforce the judgment.

“We believe that any jurisdiction that observes the rule of law will find that the judgment is illegal and unenforceable because it’s a product of fraud,” said Morgan Crinklaw, a spokesman for Chevron.

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