Ecuadorian Court Issues $8 Billion Judgment Against Chevron for Environmental Pollution

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A quick update on major developments in the case against Chevron in Ecuador: the Superior Court of Nueva Loja in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, issued its final judgment yesterday in the case of Maria Aquinda v Chevron, finding Chevron responsible for soil and water contamination and ordering it to pay more than $8 billion dollars for health impacts and environmental cleanup. Chevron has said it will appeal the decision. Chevron contests liability and obtained orders last week temporarily forbidding the plaintiffs from attempting to enforce the judgment while a New York federal court considers the company’s allegations of fraud.

This post was written by Jonathan Kaufman, former staff.

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