Ecuadoreans Can't Tap Chevron Canada For $19B Judgment

Law360, New York (May 1, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT) -- An Ontario judge on Wednesday halted efforts by a group of indigenous Ecuadoreans to pursue a $19 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp. through assets seizures there, saying the oil giant’s Canadian subsidiary is sufficiently independent and not party to the Ecuadorean dispute.

While Justice David Brown of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto rejected Chevron’s arguments that his court lacks jurisdiction to hear the suit, he nonetheless stayed the case on the grounds that insufficient connection exists between Chevron and subsidiary Chevron Canada to warrant proceeding.

Justice Brown said the Ecuadoreans had not argued that Chevron Canada's activities...

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