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Chevron Goes to Trial Over $18 Billion Ecuador Award

People from Ecuador protest against Chevron's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) trial in New York.

Chevron Goes to Trial Over $18 Billion Ecuador Award


Chevron Corp will try to convince a U.S. judge this week that a group of Ecuadorean villagers and their U.S. lawyer used bribery to win an $18 billion judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, in the latest chapter in a long-running fight over pollution in the Amazon jungle.

In a trial starting Tuesday, the oil company is asking a federal court


in New York to prevent the villagers and their Harvard-educated lawyer,

Steven Donziger, from using U.S. courts to enforce the Ecuadorean

judgment.