Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Intervene plan to pursue Chevron in other countries

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The latest salvo come just one day after an Ecuadorian judge ordered Chevron, one of the largest environmental awards at all to pay suggests that the dispute between villagers and oil executives, 1993 began, yet long not past.

The case stems from oil pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, but Chevron does not work and has no significant assets of the country. It was Texaco the Chevron take a merger in 2001, was accused of widespread environmental damage taken, before the off of Ecuador in the early 1990s.

Chevron has much larger operations elsewhere in Latin America and the applicant pursues the company throughout the region could open strategy a controversial new phase in the event - an Ecuadorian political relations with its neighbours to test and would include some Washington's most prominent lobbyists and lawyers.

Consultant for the plaintiff said obvious candidates, but you was recognized that it would be easy Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela to follow Chevron assets. Venezuela is for example, a close ally of the Ecuadorian and its President Hugo Chavez is a frequent critic of the United States. But Chevron enjoys extensive operations in Venezuela and warmer ties with Mr. Chavez government as just about every other American companies.

The applicants also fight an uphill damage in the United States collect at least immediately, since the judge in New York this month temporary enforcement of Ecuador Awards prevents. However, legal adviser, said they were willing to try to damage in the United States as well as to collect.

A confidential memo, prepared by the Washington law firm Patton Boggs under court order recently put the plaintiff strategy which use a European industrial espionage company to Chevron assets around the world to examine.

"The fact that Chevron play ball in Venezuela has agreed to during the company's peers are unfavourable contractual clauses that universally rejected imposed by the Chavez Government may difficulties, interpret", said the memo, codenamed "Invictus." "However, Chavez populist Government remains a natural ally" the plaintiff.

Memo lawyers identified the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Angola, Canada and some other countries in which Chevron has significant assets as potential targets. In the Philippines it hit consultant for Patton Boggs, who recently waded in the crisis in Egypt as a delegate for the Obama administration even by using the services of the Frank G. Wisner, former diplomat and Foreign Minister.

Citing the Invictus memo, Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York argues that the plaintiff wanted a "worldwide, full - court press", a settlement against a company to extract significant meaning in the provision of energy of the United States economy.

Chevron said it wanted to pay a cent. "We want to resist enforcement search everywhere, where the plaintiff to take, what we perceive to be a fraudulent judgment", Kent Robertson, a Chevron spokesman said.

Temporary protection, issued by judge Kaplan Mr. Robertson was a decision by a panel of international referee in the Hague that the company was granted a preliminary injunction that may block the execution of the judgment.

But Ecuadorian attorneys said she themselves under the jurisdiction of the American Court or the arbitrator did not.

With reference to the arbitration, a lawyer, Pablo Fajardo, said: "This is part of the Chevron legal strategy to delay and obstruct."

Duncan Hollis, Associate Dean which Temple University law school, said, it was logical that the plaintiff to take their fight to other countries in the region because "there are some similarities in Latin American legal system." But, Mr. Hollis added, "There is no international law as one court to enforce the judgments from other nation's Court."

Because now the case in the Ecuadorian courts move forward. Be three judges both appeals. The Amazon Coalition intends that amount of damages, appeal, appeal to the entire decision while Chevron.

"I don't know if we will be broadcasting" our legal argument, HR. Robertson said. But he added: "It is the illegitimate nature of the ruling." "The scientific evidence shows that a meritless result."

The final appeal will go to a national court of appeal, a process that could take months. Then the battle for several countries can move at a time. Consultant for the villagers and forest tribes, said they hoped to extract Chevron until you reach the final judgment money from many countries.

The judgement of the impact is already felt in Ecuador and also as a cautionary tale of environmental and legal aftermath of oil production. Alberto Acosta, a former oil Minister in Ecuador, called the ruling "a historical precedent."

It is "Memory", that we ourselves from the irresponsible activities of extraction companies to defend both oil and mining, said Mr. Acosta.

Simon Romero reported from Caracas and Clifford Krauss from Houston. Johannes Schwartz contributed reporting from New York and Irene Caselli from Quito, Ecuador.

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