Chevron Faces Forum Choice Scrutiny In Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (August 5, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT) -- Appeals court judges on Thursday accused Chevron Corp. of unfair forum shopping in a $27 billion lawsuit over pollution in Ecuador, questioning the company's choosing to litigate in the South American country then seeking international arbitration to escape liability.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments over a bid by claimants to stop Chevron from obtaining an arbitration ruling declaring the country’s government responsible for the pollution and preventing the enforcement of a possible Ecuadorean court judgment against...
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