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2nd Circuit keeps judge in Chevron pollution case

Lawyers of the Ecuadorian plaintiffs had claimed the judge disregarded a previous 2nd Circuit ruling

Chevron has seen only a few recent victories in its decade-long pollution case against Ecuadorian villagers, but the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has seemingly given the oil company a major triumph in a Sept. 26 ruling.

The appeals court ruled that U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan will continue to oversee the case, despite arguments from Ecuadorian lawyers that the judge disregarded a previous 2nd Circuit ruling in their favor. Lawyers for the plaintiffs believe Kaplan is overly receptive to the oil company’s pitch, with some advocates calling him “Chevron's greatest ally.”

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