Press Kit on the Lago Agrio Ruling and Chevron's Retaliatory Attacks
Amazon Defense Coalition
On February 14th, a court in Lago Agrio, Ecuador ruled in favor of the residents of the Amazonian rainforest who have spent the last 18 years trying to force Chevron executives to clean up their deadly mess.
Finally, Chevron's guilt is official, and it's time for Chevron's Board of Directors and high-level officials to take responsibility for their company's unethical and illegal misconduct.
Instead, Chevron is fighting the plaintiffs in U.S. Courts across the country and has filed criminal charges against the Ecuadorian plaintiffs.
Below are some essential documents for understanding this decision and the current status of the case.
Summary of the Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco Judgment
Executive summary of the $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron issued by the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbíos in Lago Agrio, Ecuador.
Full Text of the Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco Judgment
Complete English translation of the $8.6 billion judgment against Chevron issued by the Provincial Court of Justice of Sucumbíos in Lago Agrio, Ecuador (the original version in Spanish is available here).
Summary Memo and Plaintiffs Final Argument, Part One
Summary Memo and part one of the final written argument submitted to the Ecuador court by lawyers for the Amazonian communities suing Chevron, outlining the evidence demonstrating Chevron's liability and the fraud behind the company's primary defense of remediation.
Final Argument on Damages, Part Two
Part two of the final written argument submitted to the Ecuador court by lawyers for the Amazonian communities suing Chevron, outlining the evidence demonstrating Chevron's liability and the fraud behind the company's primary defense of remediation.
Motion to Oppose Preliminary Injunction Against Plaintiffs to Enforce the Judgment
In response to Chevron's charges against the plaintiffs and the company's efforts to prevent enforcement of the judgment, the plaintiffs filed this motion to oppose Chevron's efforts to once again delay justice to the Ecuadorians.
Affidavit of Juan Pablo Saenz on Chevron's "Bad Acts" During Ecuador Trial
Saenz argues that Chevron's charges against the plaintiffs rest on company executives' "jaundiced worldview" that the oil giant cannot be held liable by a group of indigenous groups whose power and influence pale in comparison to Chevron's. Read a press release on this affidavit here.
Motion to Reassign Case Due to Bias of Judge Lewis Kaplan
The Ecuadorian plaintiffs argue the charges leveled against them should be heard in the chambers of the judge who first sent their lawsuit against Chevron to Ecuador in 2002, not Judge Lewis Kaplan.