Epic Chevron Oil Pollution Case Goes Before Canadian Supreme Court


Barrett, Paul M. [2014], “Epic Chevron Oil Pollution Case Goes Before Canadian Supreme Court”, Business Week, New York, 11 de diciembre, http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-12-11/epic-chevron-oil-polluti...

Business Week
Fecha de publicación: 
Jueves, Diciembre 11, 2014
Idea principal: 

Lawyers have fought for 21 years in courts in a half-dozen countries over who's responsible for oil contamination in the rain forest in Ecuador. On Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada will hold oral arguments on whether that nation should get involved in the fracas. Chevron Corp has no assets in Ecuador. Its subsidiaries do have billions of dollars in assets in Canada. So main plaintiff attorney Steven Donziger's team has filed suit in Canada seeking to enforce the Ecuadorean verdict there and sell off Chevron's pipelines, drilling equipment, and so forth. Before a Canadian trial judge addresses the validity of the Ecuadorean proceedings -- and Chevron is sure to contest those, citing the New York Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act verdict -- Canada's Supreme Court has to rule on an exceedingly technical question of corporate law.