Ecuador Appellate Court Affirms Judgment Against Chevron


We have posted several times on the U.S. aspects of the international dispute between Chevron and the plaintiffs from Ecuador suing for environmental contamination. We have followed the Southern District’s decision granting an injunction as well as the Second Circuit’s reversal of that decision. We predicted U.S. reaction to the District Court’s negative statements about the Ecuadorian judiciary, and we posted on the Third Circuit’s comments, which refected a sentiment previously expressed on this blog (here), that:

the Chevron applicants are asking that American courts make a finding that the attorneys in a civil case in Ecuador can control the Ecuadorian criminal justice system. Though it is obvious that the Ecuadorian judicial system is different from that in the United States, those differences provide no basis for disregarding or disparaging that system. American courts, though justifiably proud of our system, should understand that other countries may organize their judicial systems as they see fit.

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