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Supreme Court will hear Chevron appeal over Ecuador environmental damages case

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an oil company's appeal of a lower court decision that allowed a group of Ecuadorian villagers to seek billions in damages for environmental pollution. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in December that the group, which wants Chevron Canada to be held responsible for a multi-billion-dollar judgment awarded in Ecuador, can have their case heard in Ontario.

Chevron seeks $32 million in legal fees in Ecuador case

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chevron Corp is seeking $32.3 million in legal fees from Steven Donziger and others who this month who were found by a judge to have used fraud to obtain a multibillion-dollar pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. In a filing late on Tuesday, Chevron asked a federal court in New York to order Donziger, a Harvard-educated lawyer, to reimburse it for the cost of bringing its racketeering case against him.

Ecuador $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron was corrupt: U.S. judge

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - An American lawyer used "corrupt means" to secure a multi-billion-dollar pollution judgment against Chevron Corp in Ecuador, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday, a major setback for Ecuadorean villagers hoping to collect on the award. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York said he found "clear and convincing evidence" that attorney Steven Donziger's legal team used bribery, fraud and extortion in pursuit of an $18 billion judgment against the oil company issued in 2011.

Chevron wins US case against $9.5 bn Ecuador fine

A US judge Tuesday upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan concluded that plaintiffs in the 2011 case and their lawyers committed a host of corrupt actions, including ghost-writing the original judgment, submitting fraudulent evidence and bribery. In barring enforcement of the original fine in US courts, the decision handed Chevron a big win in its long fight with Ecuador.

US judge backs Chevron fight against Ecuador judgment

A US federal judge Tuesday ruled in favor of Chevron in an Ecuador environmental case, saying fraud was used to obtain a judgment ordering the oil giant to pay $9.5 billion. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said a six-week trial proved that the Ecuadoran court judgment in 2011 was procured through corrupt means in the long-running case. Kaplan concluded that plaintiffs in the Ecuadoran case committed a host of corrupt actions, including ghost-writing the Ecuadoran judgment, submitting fraudulent evidence and bribery.

Mia Farrow expresses 'anger' at Chevron over Ecuador claim

Actress Mia Farrow hit out at US oil giant Chevron Tuesday as she visited an Amazonian region Ecuador accuses the company of polluting. "I feel an incredible sense of anger," she said after being shown pools of oil in the Aguarico region of Sucumbios in the northeast of the South American country. As other celebrity activists have done before her, Farrow symbolically dipped her hand in the oil during the tour. Chevron was ordered to pay a $9 billion fine for polluting the Amazon when the US oil company Texaco operated in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990.

Chevron tries to reverse Ecuador pollution fine

Chevron filed a motion with a court in Ecuador Monday seeking to reverse a ruling requiring it to pay $9.5 billion for pollution in the country's Amazon basin region. The US oil giant, which claims it was the victim of a trial riddled with fraud, in September was ordered to cover the fine for pollution caused by its predecessor Texaco for the 26 years it was in the Ecuadoran region.

Chevron alleges Ecuador fraud in oil pollution case

Chevron claimed Tuesday that corrupt Ecuadoran plaintiffs mounted an elaborate fraud to win a multi-billion-dollar case against it for polluting the Amazonian rainforest, in arguments before a US court. "It was a scheme so audacious, so bold it would make a Mafia boss blush," argued Randy Mastro, a lawyer for the US oil giant. "But Chevron didn't give in and that's why Chevron is here to get justice."

Chevron alleges Ecuador fraud in oil pollution case

Chevron claimed Tuesday that corrupt Ecuadoran plaintiffs mounted an elaborate fraud to win a multi-billion-dollar case against it for polluting the Amazonian rainforest, in arguments before a US court. "It was a scheme so audacious, so bold it would make a Mafia boss blush," argued Randy Mastro, a lawyer for the US oil giant. "But Chevron didn't give in and that's why Chevron is here to get justice."

Ecuador's Correa says will resign if Chevron proves interference

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa has promised to resign if Chevron proves his government interfered in a trial over Amazon pollution that resulted in a record fine against the US oil giant. "Let Chevron prove that the government interfered in the judgment and I will resign my post," Correa said Tuesday at a news conference in Guayaquil. Last week, the country's highest court confirmed the 2011 verdict against Chevron by a regional court, which the oil giant challenged. The high court's only concession was to cut the fine by half to $9.5 billion.
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