From one kangaroo court to another?
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Chevron Corp. has filed an appeal seeking the review of a judgment issued against it in an Ecuadorean court this month.
Chevron is accused of oil contamination in Ecuador’s Amazon region. The company denies the allegations.
The San Ramon, Calif., company said Friday that the appeal, called a petition for cassation, “details multiple legal grounds for reversal of the January appellate court decision.” The appeal seeks a review by Ecuador’s National Court of Justice.
On Jan. 3, an Ecuadorean court ratified a multibillion dollar ruling issued last year against Chevron, holding the company responsible for environmental and punitive damages stemming from oil operations in Ecuador. An appeals judge upheld the original ruling, issued in February 2011, “in all its aspects.”
The original decision ordered Chevron to pay a $9.5 billion in remediation costs and plaintiff damages, and an additional $8.6 billion if it refused to apologize for the alleged environmental damage…