Canada Supreme Court to hear Chevron in Ecuador lawsuit

The Supreme Court of Canada agrees to hear an appeal by Chevron (CVX -0.3%) of a lower court decision that said Ecuadorean villagers could pursue in Ontario their $9.5B lawsuit for pollution in the Amazon jungle.

Ontario's appeals court ruled in December that the province was a proper jurisdiction for the Ecuadorean plaintiffs to press CVX to pay, and the company wants the Supreme Court to say the Ontario courts have no jurisdiction.

It's the latest twist in the two-decade conflict between CVX and the Ecuadorean villagers after last month's decision by a U.S. judge barring the plaintiffs and their American lawyer from enforcing Ecuador's 2011 court judgment in the U.S.

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  • smurf
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    I don't understand.


    Why would a Canadian court have jurisdiction over litigation between a US domiciled corporation and a banana republic in South America?


    Wouldn't that be the same as a US court hearing a case between RDS and some country in Africa?


    Somebody enlighten me?
    3 Apr 2014, 03:35 PM Reply Like
  • Hoopono
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    smurf- you do not need enlightenment! You've already got it.
    3 Apr 2014, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    so what's the point of a canadian verdict in that case..... how will it be enforceable?
    3 Apr 2014, 04:16 PM Reply Like
  • Greg Merrithew
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    CVX has assets in Canada that can be seized to satisfy (enforce) a judgement rendered by a Canadian court.
    4 Apr 2014, 12:09 AM Reply Like
  • JDDurango
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    Shop a judge...or ruling and keep shopping until you get the verdict you seek.


    Aren't attorneys great!
    3 Apr 2014, 04:10 PM Reply Like
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    Hey Northern neighbor, do what's right and toss this illegal & fraudulent case out.


    It has embarrassed Canada enough just by allowing an appeal, which the Supreme Court should have refused to hear, Especially after the Fraud,Lies,and Corruption that were exposed by the New York court !


    3 Apr 2014, 05:39 PM Reply Like
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