5th Circ. OKs Ecuador's Discovery Bid In $19B Chevron Row

Law360, New York (February 14, 2013, 6:09 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday granted the Republic of Ecuador's discovery request in an arbitration battle with Chevron over the validity of a $19.2 billion oil pollution judgment against the energy giant, overturning a lower court ruling that U.S. courts had no authority to issue such an order.

The appeals court said U.S.-based discovery should move forward because the arbitration, which was initiated by Chevron under the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty after an Ecuadorian court handed down the massive environmental penalty, is an international tribunal proceeding...
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