A group of Ecuadorian villagers can proceed in Canada with their class action lawsuit against Chevron Corp. over environmental contamination in the rain forest, the country’s top court ruled.

The Supreme Court of Canada said in a unanimous decision that the company can be pursued in the country for its alleged actions in Ecuador, in a case that’s spanned more than two decades.

Canadian courts take a "generous and liberal approach to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments," Justice Clement Gascon wrote in the decision.The ruling on jurisdiction does not mean the villagers will be awarded Canadian assets, only that the case can proceed and be argued by both sides, the court ruled.

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