Appeals Court Rejects Fraudulent Ecuadorian Judgment Against Chevron
“The local courts lack international jurisdiction to hear the main claim because there is no reasonable point of connection between the case and the forum,” the Chamber of Appeals said in its decision on July 3. The court added that the absence of this point of connection prevents Argentinean courts from recognizing or enforcing the Ecuadorian judgment.
“Just weeks after favorable court decisions in Brazil, Canada, and Gibraltar, the extortion scheme against Chevron continues to collapse,”said R. Hewitt Pate, vice president and general counsel, Chevron Corporation.
“Argentina’s court of appeals has tossed out this case, and any court that respects the rule of law should do the same.”In 2014, a U.S. federal court found that the judgment issued against Chevron Corporation by a court in Ecuador was the product of bribery, extortion, money laundering, wire fraud, witness tampering and obstruction of justice. The U.S. court also prohibited enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment in the United States and prohibited the wrongdoers from profiting from the judgment anywhere in the world. The U.S. federal court judgment is now final after having been unanimously affirmed by the U.S. court of appeals and denied review by the Supreme Court. Since Chevron Corporation has never had any assets in Ecuador, the plaintiffs, led by American lawyer Steven Donziger, are attempting to enforce the Ecuadorian judgment in other jurisdictions.
The Chamber of Appeals found the appellants liable for the cost of the appeal.