Lawsuit against Chevron coming to Canada

According to a Globe and Mail report, lawyers for the Ecuadorean villagers who won an $18.3-billion (U.S.) judgment against Chevron Corp. in connection with oil pollution in the Amazon say their enforcement action launched in Canada last week is only their first move to target the company’s worldwide assets.

Lead Ecuadorean lawyer, Pablo Fajardo, speaking through a translator, told reporters on a conference call last Thursday:

This is just the beginning. We are analyzing and we are preparing a series of enforcement actions that are going to be presented all around the world in the near future.

Fajardo has retained Alan Lenczner of Lenczner Slaght on the case. Lenczner told reporters:

We’re not afraid of Chevron. We will meet them in any court, anywhere, but we don’t have to go to the United States.

Canadian defence lawyers are surely taking note.

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