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Chevron Facing Free Speech Problems In U.S. Over Defense of $27 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

Charges of Intimidation as Corporate Executives "Freak Out" at Houston Marathon
26 January 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Steven Karpas, director of the marathon, told the runners from RAN that "higher ups at Chevron are freaking out" and threatened to arrest them if they didn’t leave. Police then ejected the runners from the city-owned and operated building for exercising their right to free speech, giving rise to First Amendment claims against both the city of Houston and Chevron, according to RAN.     More »

Amazon Tribes Sue Chevron in U.S. Federal Court to Stop Arbitration over $27 Billion Lawsuit

Chevron Charged with Trying to Use Secret Tribunal to Undermine Rule of Law
14 January 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Representatives of Amazonian indigenous groups in Ecuador went to U.S. federal court in New York today to enjoin Chevron from initiating a closed-door international arbitration against Ecuador's government designed to eliminate the company's potential $27 billion liability for contaminating a huge swath of rainforest and devastating the local population.     More »

Ecuadorean Communities to New Chevron CEO: "We Don't Want to Continue Dying from Cancer"

In New Video, affected Ecuadoreans urge John Watson to Address the Company's Damage in the Amazon
Corresponding Global Petition Demands Immediate Action

13 January 2010 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch's Clean Up Ecuador Campaign is launching a global petition to Mr. Watson, with an accompanying video-message, asking him to take a new approach as CEO and rectify the human rights and environmental disaster experts call the "Amazon Chernobyl." In the video, community members appeal directly to Watson to visit Ecuador and address the oil company's toxic legacy.      More »

Chevron Finishing Brutal Year On Ecuador Issue

Obama's Extension of Trade Benefits Latest of Several Harsh Setbacks for Oil Giant Over $27B Liability
30 December 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The signing this week by President Barack Obama of an extension of trade benefits for Ecuador – over strenuous objections from Chevron – caps a brutal year of legal and lobbying setbacks for the oil giant in its attempts to evade a multi-billion dollar liability for environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest.     More »

Twenty-Six Members of Congress Ask USTR to Reject Chevron Interference in Landmark Ecuador Legal Case

House Members Express "Concern" About Oil Giant's Effort to Use Trade Policy to Deny Due Process in Environmental Lawsuit
15 December 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has been dealt a major setback in the Congress as more than two dozen representatives have signed a letter urging that the United States Trade Representative reject efforts by the oil giant to cancel Ecuador's trade preferences.     More »

LA Times Blasts Chevron For Interfering With U.S. Trade Policy Over $27 Billion Ecuador Lawsuit

Says Private Interests of One Company Should Not Trump U.S. Policy
04 December 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The Los Angeles Times editorial page has blasted Chevron by urging Congress to ignore the company's multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to deny trade preferences for Ecuador in retaliation for the $27 billion oil contamination lawsuit brought by Amazon communities.     More »

US Rep. Linda Sanchez, Environmentalist Trudie Styler & Human Rights Activist Kerry Kennedy Criticize Chevron For Failing to Address Ecuador Disaster and Challenge Chevron To Act

3 December 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Washington, DC – Three leading female environmental and human rights advocates – Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Trudie Styler, co-founder of the Rainforest Foundation with husband Sting, and Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights – have issued independent calls for Chevron to clean up the company's Ecuador environmental disaster on the eve of a court judgment where the oil giant faces a potential $27 billion liability.     More »

Chevron Using Six Public Relations Firms to Discredit Indigenous Groups In $27.3 Billion Environmental Case In Ecuador

Lobbyists – Mac McLarty, John Breaux, Trent Lott, Mickey Kantor, Carla Hills and Others – Charged With Misrepresenting Facts
20 November 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron has retained at least twelve public relations firms and lobbyists to discredit claims of Amazon indigenous groups on the eve of an expected multi-billion dollar judgment against the oil giant in an environmental lawsuit in Ecuador, according to representatives of the tribes in the U.S.     More »

U.S. Congresswoman Labels Chevron's Trade Preferences Lobbying Effort "Extortion" In Testimony

Oil Giant's Attempts to Evade Justice in Ecuadorian Rainforest Criticized Before Congressional Ways & Means Hearing
17 November 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez of California today urged Congress to reject Chevron's attempts to co-opt US foreign trade policy and programs so that the company could gain an advantage in private litigation.     More »

Kerry Kennedy Accuses Chevron of Cultural Genocide in Ecuador Rainforest

Daughter of RFK Appalled by "Chevron’s Chernobyl"
06 November 2009 | Amazon Defense Coalition

The massive oil contamination for which Chevron faces a potential $27 billion liability in Ecuador's courts is a "clear violation" of the rights of indigenous peoples to life, security, and self-determination, said Kerry Kennedy, a human rights advocate and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.     More »