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Tribunal Demands Ecuador Cease Enforcement of $19 Billion Chevron Case

By Joao Peixe | Mon, 11 February 2013 22:49 | 2

At long last Chevron (NYSE: CVX) seems to have found some support in the case against Ecuador. An international tribunal has stated that Ecuador in fact violated the panel’s previous order to cease all attempts to enforce the $19 billion judgement made against Chevron.

In 2011 the tribunal, acting under The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, told the Ecuadorean government to prevent the plaintiffs from taking the case to courts in Brazil, Argentina, and Canada in their search for the $19 billion that Chevron were told to pay them by an Ecuadorean court earlier in the year.

The statement was that the government should “take all measures at its disposal to suspend or cause to be suspended the enforcement or recognition within and without Ecuador of any judgment against (Chevron) in the Lago Agrio case.”

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Chevron first contested the case being held against it back in 2009 when it approached the Permanent Court of Arbitration with the claim that Ecuador had breached a trade agreement made with the US by not ensuring a fair trial. Ecuador’s attorney general however stated that the bilateral trade agreement with Washington took effect five years after the events attained to in the case, and therefore the tribunal has no jurisdiction.

Chevron have decided to ignore this claim and are now considering whether they will sue for compensation through the tribunal, to pay for any damage that may have occurred to the company as a result Ecuador’s ‘illegal’ enforcement.

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com

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  • Denver on June 11 2013 said:
    These tribunals offer a perfect avenue circumventing domestic and sovereign rule of law under a brand label of "free trade" ...kinda dishonest. Anyone familiar with mercantile economic fundamentals?

    Trade was a game of channel power where the deal almost entirely beneficial for the aggressor. This is what the market economy grew out of.....or reverted to.....well anyways....the more things change...the more they stay the same.

    Ecuador also was victimized in a earlier BIT tribunal in which the plaintiff was bechtel Corp. They lease the public water sources for just over 1 million in cash.....as stipulated as a necessity of modernizing their economy.......gotta privatize that infrastructure by way of foreign investment....so they did...Bechtel jacked rates up well beyond marginal feasibility....Ecuador and it's people....angry with the raw deal....canceled the deal with Bechtel........

    a BIT or Corporate tribunal awarded Bechtel $50 million in damages of future profits dispute the sovereign judgement of Ecuador and it's people and it's rule of law.

    Trans pacific trade partnership TPP... This is exactly what corporate entities need and have already to some degree created to completely negate anyone nations rule of law.
  • David on February 12 2013 said:
    There is a problem for this company and this corrupted tribunal... this is a civil case, people from the Amazon Forest sued this company, what does the Government has to do with that? If the Government uses any kind of force or whatever to stop it, then we can say it's arbitrary. So, when the Ecuadorian government do the right thing and let justice to work as it should be, even so, it is called communist, arbitrary, and so on, etc., but now the company and this tribunal want it to do exactly the opposite, they are crazy, democracy only when it's good for them.

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