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Chevron Ruling Blocks $8.6 Billion Order in Ecuador Fight

  • Ecuadorians’ lawyer loses appeal of Chevron fraud judgment
  • Lower court found bribery, fabricated evidence in lawsuit
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Chevron Corp. won a victory in its long-running battle over toxic waste in Ecuador after an appeals court found the American lawyer representing indigenous villagers committed fraud and barred him from enforcing an $8.6 billion award.

"Even innocent clients may not benefit from the fraud of their attorney," the appeals court in Manhattan said Monday, referring to claims that the Ecuadorians’ lawyer had faked evidence and offered bribes. The appeals court upheld a lower-court ruling.