Chevron Off the Hook for $8.6B Ecuadorean Award

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By Peter Hayes

Chevron won’t have to pay an $8.6 billion award by an Ecuadorean court for allegedly polluting the Amazon rain forest after the U.S. Supreme Court June 19 declined to hear the case ( Donziger v. Chevron Corp., U.S., 16-1178, cert. denied 6/19/17 ).

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Steven Donziger, argued that the Second Circuit had no authority to bar the recovery of an award issued by a foreign court.

The Second Circuit ruled in August 2016 that the judgment can’t be enforced in the U.S. because Donziger won the award through deceit and in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Gupta Wessler LLP in Washington represents Donziger.

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