CANADA SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR CHEVRON IN MULTIBILLION DOLLAR ECUADOR LAWSUIT
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) agreed to hear an appeal by Chevron Corp of a lower court’s decision that would allow Ecuadorean villagers to pursue a $9.51 billion lawsuit in Ontario. The SCC’s decision to hear the case is the latest episode in a drawn-out conflict between Chevron and villagers of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio region in the Amazon. In November, Ecuador’s National Court of Justice upheld a 2011 verdict that held that Chevron was responsible for pollution in the Amazon rainforest caused by Texaco, an oil firm that was absorbed by Chevron. Then, in December, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Ontario was proper jurisdiction for the villages to pursue their lawsuit. Now, Chevron wants the SCC to overturn the Ontario Court of Appeal decision, in part because, as the company said in a statement, Chevron has “no assets in Ontario or any connection with the province.” For the full story, see http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/03/us-chevron-ecuador-canada-idUSBREA321SB20140403 and http://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/03/chevron-granted-leave-to-challenge-ecuador-judgment-in-supreme-court-of-canada/. For additional background, see http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/23/us-chevron-ecuador-idUSBRE9BM0V020131223.