The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in December
that Ontario was a proper jurisdiction for the Ecuadorean
plaintiffs to press Chevron to pay up, and Chevron wants the
Supreme Court of Canada to say the Ontario courts have no
It was the latest twist in a two-decade conflict between Chevron
and residents of Ecuador's Lago Agrio region in the Amazon
jungle, which want the Ontario courts to force Chevron to pay up
the judgment awarded to them in an Ecuadorean court in 2011. The
California-based company no longer has any assets in Ecuador.
A U.S. judge issued a scathing decision on March 4 that found
that American lawyer Stephen Donziger had used corrupt means to
help villagers win the judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. It
barred Donziger and the villagers from enforcing the Ecuadorean
judgment in the United States.
The Ecuadoreans say Chevron has $15 billion of assets in Canada.
The Ontario Court of Appeal decision in December overturned a
ruling six months earlier by Ontario Superior Court Justice
David Brown, who had granted Chevron a stay in the proceedings
on the basis that the case had little hope of success and that
Chevron Canada's assets were not directly owned by Chevron Corp.
The name of the case is Chevron Corporation et al. v. Daniel
Carlos Lusitande Yaiguaje et al. (35682).
(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Richard Chang)
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