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Lago Agrio: The Canadian Supreme Court’s Decision in Yaiguaje v. Chevron


Posted on September 4, 2015

Update (10:25 a.m.): The Lago Agrio plaintiffs prevailed on their jurisdictional arguments. Both Chevron and its indirect Canadian subsidiary are subject to the jurisdiction of the Ontario courts. The court did not decide whether the corporate veil between the subsidiary (the entity with the assets in Canada) and Chevron (the judgment debtor) could be pierced, leaving the question for further proceedings. Alex Manevich and I have made some initial comments on the decision, which you can read below, and in the next several days I expect to have a few posts from guest-posters commenting on the case, too. Readers, at 9:45 this morning the Canadian Supreme Court will deliver its judgment in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp., the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ attempt to seek recognition…

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Case of the Day: Mitchison v. Zerona International

Posted on September 9, 2014

Letters Blogatory contributor Alejandro Manevich comments on a recent Ontario decision construing the Hague Service Convention to forbid a plaintiff himself to deliver a summons to a defendant in a country that has not objected to service under Article 10(c), even if the plaintiff is a competent person to serve process under the law of the receiving state. This is an interesting problem, and one I hadn’t considered before—the problem can’t really arise in the US courts, where plaintiffs cannot serve process themselves.

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Lago Agrio comes to Ontario: Chevron and the $19B judgment

Posted on November 12, 2013

Today we have a guest post from Alejandro Manevich of Heenan Blaikie, who was in court for the first day of argument in the Yaiguaje appeal in Ontario. Alejandro, one of the editors of the new Standardless Review blog (where this is cross-posted), gives a great blow-by-blow of the argument. Long-time readers will know that I share Alejandro’s “long-standing skepticism towards the idea of requiring exigible property to ground enforcement jurisdiction,” though of course we wouldn’t phrase it this way in the US. I also would like to note the awesomeness of describing the competing lawyers as Dionysian and Apollonian. Could we call the film version “Lago Agrio: the Birth of Tragedy?” When the Lago Agrio-Chevron case came before the Ontario courts, it gathered headlines from…

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