A group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs have shifted their legal battle to Canada in hopes that Chevron Corp. will finally pay them $18 billion.
In 1993, a group of Ecuadorians sued Chevron, claiming the oil giant made local people sick by dumping drilling waste into unlined pits in the 1970s and 1980s. In February 2011, a judge in a small Ecuadorian jungle town ordered Chevron to pay more than $9 billion in damages. The court later raised the damages amount to $18 billion when Chevron failed to publicly apologize for the alleged environmental offenses. An appeals court upheld the ruling in January, and Chevron has appealed to Ecuador’s Supreme Court.