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Ecuador Plaintiffs Appeal U.S. Court Decision on Arbitration

Rainforest Residents Seek to Enforce Chevron's Promises to U.S. Courts That the Company Would Litigate Case in Ecuador
18 March 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Lawyers for the Ecuadorian plaintiffs suing Chevron for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste into Ecuador's Amazon filed a notice of appeal today in U.S. federal court seeking to prevent the oil giant from taking its claims to an international arbitration where the rainforest communities cannot appear.     Read more...

Chevron Faces Critical Hearing over Ecuador Rainforest Contamination in New York Federal Court

Oil Giant Charged With Forum Shopping and Violating Promises to Litigate Claims in Ecuador
08 March 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron will be forced to explain to a U.S. federal judge this Wednesday why it believes it has the right to take the seven-year Ecuador environmental case (Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco) to a closed-door binding arbitration where the rainforest communities cannot appear, in apparent violation of the company's previous promises that it would litigate the case in its requested forum of Ecuador.     Read more...

Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network Response to Chevron's Statements About Meeting with Indigenous Leader from Ecuador

04 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch and Rainforest Action Network requested to meet personally with new Chevron CEO John Watson in order to allow Emergildo the opportunity to deliver a direct appeal, and tell the story of how Chevron's contamintion has affected him and his family. Watson did not receive Emergildo and he was met instead by Chevron public relations executives.     Read more...

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

Indigenous Ecuadorean Leader Travels from Amazon Rainforest to California to Gather Support from Lawmakers to Push Chevron to Clean up Environmental Disaster
Senator Fran Pavley and Assemblymember Jared Huffman Host Reception for Emergildo Criollo

03 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron's new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.     Read more...

Pressure Grows for Chevron to Clean Up Ecuador

Indigenous Ecuadorean leader travels from Amazon rainforest to California to deliver 325,000+ letters urging Chevron's new CEO John Watson to clean up the oil giant's toxic legacy
02 March 2010 | Amazon Watch

Today, an Indigenous Ecuadorean leader attempted to deliver letters from over 325,000 people urging Chevron's new CEO John Watson to clean up his company's toxic oil contamination in Ecuador. Emergildo Criollo traveled from his home in the Amazon rainforest to deliver a strong message from his community and supporters: Clean up Ecuador.     Read more...

Chevron’s Charles James Leaves Behind "Legal and Public Relations Disaster" in Ecuador Amazon Case

Stunning Fall from Grace for Former High-Level U.S. Government Official
Law Enforcement Probes of Chevron in Two Countries

01 March 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

Chevron's curt announcement last week that former general counsel Charles James is set to retire is due largely to his mishandling of the oil giant's "legal and public relations disaster" over a potential $27 billion environmental liability in Ecuador, representatives of the Amazon Defense Coalition (ADC) said today.     Read more...

Chevron Hit with Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Federal Court to Stop Arbitration

Ecuador Accuses Oil Giant of Reneging on Promises to US Federal Court and "Triple Forum Shopping"
10 February 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In a blistering attack against Chevron, lawyers for the government of Ecuador accused the oil giant of "triple forum shopping" and reneging on legally-enforceable promises in a motion asking a federal judge to shut down an international arbitration that Chevron is using to try to escape a potential $27 billion environmental liability.     Read more...

Chevron Caught Misrepresenting Facts about Expert Report in Ecuador Trial

Oil Giant "Desperate" to Derail $27 Billion Liability
09 February 2010 | Amazon Defense Coalition

In its latest attempt to evade a $27 billion liability in Ecuador, Chevron is misrepresenting key facts about a court-appointed expert who conducted a damages assessment not to the company’s liking, representatives of the plaintiffs announced.     Read more...

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.     Read 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.     Read more...