Ecuadorian plaintiffs sue Chevron in Brazil

Lawyers filed suit to seize Chevron assets

Residents of an Amazon rainforest are trying to collect on a judgment they won against Chevron, and the oil giant is refusing to pony up.

The case began 11 years ago, when plaintiffs said their land was contaminated by then-Texaco’s oil operations dating back to the 1970s. The contamination, they said, caused significant health problems for residents. In February 2011, an Ecuadorian court (made up of one judge in a small jungle town) held Chevron, which bought Texaco in 2011, liable and ordered the company to pay nearly $19 billion in damages.


Cathleen Flahardy

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