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Wed Jul 11, 2018, 06:23 PM

Top Ecuador court upholds $9 billion ruling against Chevron

Top Ecuador court upholds $9 billion ruling against Chevron
Updated 1:15 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Ecuador's highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against oil giant Chevron for decades of rainforest damage.

Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court's decision announced Tuesday night, saying it should pave the way for indigenous tribes to receive compensation for oil spills that contaminated groundwater and soil in their Amazon home.

"There's no doubt now that we've won this long legal battle," said Pablo Fajardo, the plaintiffs' lawyer.

But the ruling is largely symbolic as Chevron no longer operates in the South American country. That means Ecuador's government will have to pursue assets owned by the San Ramon, California-based company in foreign courts, where it so far has had little luck.



Compare the photo the Associated Press chose to run with the article, with the images of the "Amazon Chernobyl" (as it has been called) in Ecuador:


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