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Chevron Argues Against Judge Switch in Case Over Ecuador

A group of Ecuadorians lost a bid to remove a U.S. judge set to oversee a trial over Chevron Corp.’s claims that a $19 billion pollution verdict against it in the South American country was obtained fraudulently.

Chevron, the second-largest U.S. oil company, today won a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejecting the Ecuadorians’ attempt to have a new judge take up the case and to reverse several orders by the current judge. The three-judge appeals panel issued its ruling just hours after hearing arguments over the matter.