A law firm strategy memo persuaded a federal judge yesterday to block enforcement of a potential multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron for environmental damage caused by a predecessor oil company in Ecuador.

Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan issued a temporary restraining order that would prevent Ecuadorean plaintiffs and their law firm, Patton Boggs, from seeking to enforce in New York a massive award that a court in Ecuador is expected to issue against the oil company.

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