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Canadian judge stays claim for $19 billion Chevron judgment

Justice David Brown found that his court did not have jurisdiction, since the judgment involves Chevron’s U.S.-based operations

The tide may be turning in Chevron Corp.’s hard-fought legal battle with a group of Ecuadorean villagers, after a Canadian judge refused on Wednesday to enforce a $19 billion judgment against the oil juggernaut.

In 2011, a judge in a small Ecuadorean town handed down the hefty judgment after ruling that Texaco Inc., which Chevron had acquired 10 years before, polluted the environment and sickened villagers by improperly disposing of drilling waste in the 1970s and 1980s.

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