Chevron's $27B Amazon Case Gets Another New Judge

Law360, New York (February 23, 2010, 2:23 PM EST) -- The Ecuadorean court overseeing a $27 billion environmental damage case against Chevron Corp. has picked a new judge, Judge Leonardo Ordonez, to preside over the case.

Ordonez, the new chief judge of the Provincial Court of Justice for Sucumbios, was named to replace outgoing Chief Judge Nicolas Zambrano, who previously was in charge of the case, brought against Chevron by thousands of individuals.

Ordonez's appointment is part of the routine rotation of judges, as required by Ecuadorean law, said Karen Hinton, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs,...
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