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Canada’s apex court rules in favor of Chevron in $9.5bn oil pollution case

Christian Fernsby |
The Canadian apex court’s stand makes the Court of Appeal for Ontario’s decision in favor of Chevron Canada to be final. Under the judgment given in May 2018, all claims against the US oil company’s indirect subsidiary remain to be dismissed.

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The Canadian appeal court held that the subsidiary company is a separate entity from Chevron and therefore its shares and assets cannot be seized by those looking to enforce the Ecuadorian court judgment.

The judgment in Ecuador was not endorsed by the US courts and an international tribunal in The Hague.

Chevron vice president and general counsel Hewitt Pate said: “We are pleased that the highest court in Canada has put an end to the plaintiffs’ lawyers’ attempts to enforce their corrupt Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron’s indirect subsidiary in Canada.

“Canadian courts have rejected the plaintiffs’ efforts to circumvent the determination by U.S. courts that the Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron was procured through bribery, fraud and other racketeering activity. Any further efforts by the plaintiffs’ lawyers to continue this lawsuit in Canada would be an abuse of the country’s legal system and a waste of its judicial resources.”

The US oil company has been going through a long legal battle in various countries after a class action lawsuit filed against it by some Ecuadorian villagers in 2000, on the basis that it was responsible for an oil pollution incident in Ecuador in the early 90s.

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