The Ecuadorian plaintiffs suing Chevron Corporation were eerily quiet after February 17. That’s when an intermediate appeals court in Ecuador appeared to give them the go-ahead to enforce the $18 billion oil pollution verdict rendered by an local trial court judge, despite vivid accusations of fraud by Chevron. But the legal team for the indigenous plaintiffs had not lost their nerve or their funding. Apparently hoping to generate pressure for a settlement, they pounced on the day of Chevron’s annual meeting.
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