The plaintiffs in a $27 billion shakedown of Chevron Corp. have been embarrassed by a disclosure that further undermines their case over environmental claims in Ecuador. The Obama administration ought to use diplomatic weight to support this American company fighting foreign shenanigans.
American trial lawyers have been carrying the case against Chevron for years, claiming grave ecological and human harm from energy drilling performed by Texaco before Texaco became part of Chevron. Never mind that the Ecuadorean government (before being radicalized) certified in 1998 that Texaco had satisfactorily cleaned up all its old sites.
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