Editor’s note: For additional details and background on this case, see The Am Law Litigation Daily report, Ecuadorian Court Issues $8 Billion Judgment Against Chevron; Chevron Calls Judgment ‘Illegitimate’

An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday in an epic environmental case that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil drilling contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador’s northern jungle and ordered the oil giant to pay $8.6 billion in damages and cleanup costs.