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Ecuadorians Win the Right to Pursue Chevron in Canada

Protesters in New York demonstrate against Chevron on Oct. 15
Protesters in New York demonstrate against Chevron on Oct. 15Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In a big day for high-stakes oil pollution litigation, Chevron lost a round in its campaign to squelch a multibillion-dollar contamination verdict in Ecuador. An appellate court in Ontario ruled that a group of Amazonian rain-forest residents may move ahead with a suit seeking to seize Chevron assets in Canada as a way of enforcing their 2011 victory in Ecuador.

Large corporations are trying increasingly aggressive legal tactics to reduce their liability in mass lawsuits. BP, for example, today filed a fraud suit in federal court in New Orleans against a prominent Texas plaintiffs’ attorney in a clash related to tens of thousands of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.