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Chevron Ecuador Lawsuit News

Ten lessons from the Chevron litigation: The defense perspective

By Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.

Of the many thorny issues raised by transnational litigation against U.S. companies, the lawsuit that Chevron Corporation is fighting in Ecuador touches on them all: legal ethics, weak and corrupt foreign judiciaries, litigation fraud, judgment enforcement, third-party litigation financing, cross-border discovery, and international arbitration, to name just a few. In fact, one of the attorneys representing the Ecuadorian plaintiffs recently described the case as a “model” for future transnational litigation, a template for forcing U.S. companies to foot the bill for all manner of alleged injuries abroad.

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