The legal slugfest over an $18 billion environmental judgment against Chevron in Ecuador moved to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday, with arguments about how to handle Southern District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s wide-ranging injunction blocking enforcement of the judgment.

James Tyrrell Jr. of Patton Boggs, appearing for the “Lago Agrio” Ecuadorans who won the judgment against Chevron in Ecuador in February, implored a three-judge motions panel to lift that portion of the judge’s March 7 preliminary injunction that he said prevents the Ecuadorans from funding and planning enforcement actions in courts around the world.

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