Ecuadoran litigants challenging Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan’s preliminary injunction against worldwide enforcement of an $18 billion environmental judgment against Chevron in Ecuador got a measure of procedural relief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday (See Order).

A three-judge panel stayed part of the March 7 injunction that tied the hands of the so-called Lago Agrio Ecuadoran litigants and granted an expedited appeal for their counsel, James Tyrrell of Patton Boggs, who is asking the circuit to vacate the injunction barring plaintiffs from suing in any jurisdiction to secure the judgment.

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