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Chevron Corporation filed an international arbitration claim Wednesday against the government of Ecuador, essentially arguing that its judicial process is broken and cannot fairly adjudicate the long-running oil pollution litigation that plaintiffs brought in the South American country against Texaco (now a Chevron subsidiary). Last year a court-appointed special master said damages in the case, which is being tried in Lago Agrio, Ecuador, could run as high as $27.3 billion.

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