"Top U.S. Court Rejects Chevron’s Appeal in Ecuador Pollution Case"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- Chevron [Tuesday] lost its U.S. Supreme Court bid to block global enforcement of a $19 billion judgment by an Ecuadorean court in a long legal fight over contamination of the Amazon rainforest."

"The high court’s decision removes a hurdle for 30,000 people in rainforest indigenous and farmer communities as they try to seize billions of dollars of Chevron assets around the world to satisfy the judgment.

Chevron had asked the Supreme Court to uphold an injunction imposed in March 2010 by New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan that would have barred worldwide enforcement of the Ecuador judgment.

That injunction was overturned unanimously in September 2010 by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the ruling that the Supreme Court today declined to review. The high court gave no reason for its decision, but said that Justice Samuel Alito 'took no part in the consideration or decision of these motions and this petition.'"

Environmental News Service had the story October 9, 2012.



"Justices Steer Clear of Chevron's $18B Ecuadorean Pollution Judgment" (Greenwire)


Source: Greenwire, 10/10/2012