Ecuadoran Appeals Court Affirms Judgment Against Chevron

The BBC is reporting that an Ecuadoran appellate court has affirmed the $18 billion judgment against Chevron. I don’t yet have further details on the decision yet. Chevron has issued a press release rejecting the decision. Opinio Juris has coverage.

Readers may recall that the Ecuadoran plaintiffs stipulated that they would not begin proceedings to enforce the judgment “prior to entry of a ruling by the Provincial Court of Sucumbíos on the de novo appeal currently pending before that court in Ecuador”. Now that the Ecuadoran court has ruled—and in light of the Second Circuit’s decision vacating Judge Kaplan’s preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement—I predict we will see a flurry of enforcement activity in jurisdictions around the world where Chevron has assets. “Let slip the dogs of war,” or more colloquially, “release the hounds!”

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. Folkman also serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the Commercial and Consumer Panels of the American Arbitration Association. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2d ed. 2016), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation (J. Berger, ed. 2017), and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012 and 2014 - 2016.

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