Chevron Sues in Effort to Win Back Billions in Federal Trial

A black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), the largest predator in the Amazon basin, remains on a lake in the Ecuadorean Yasuni National Park, Orellana province, Ecuador, on November 10, 2012. The Yasuni National Park contains Ecuador's largest oil reserves, but its exploitation would imply impacts to pristine ecosystems, particularly watersheds. In 2007, the government of Rafael Correa offered a proposal to ban the exploitation of the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil fields in Yasuni, if the world community compensates it, to leave the oil permanently in the ground. 
National Journal
Oct. 16, 2013, 11:42 a.m.

A fed­er­al tri­al began Tues­day pit­ting Chev­ron Corp. against Steven Donzi­ger, a former pub­lic de­fend­er who sued the com­pany and won in 2011 for en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age to the Ecuadori­an rain­forest, Bloomberg re­ports.

Chev­ron is counter-su­ing Donzi­ger for al­leged fraud and con­spir­acy in the case, which res­ul­ted in Chev­ron be­ing held li­able for a pay­out of $19 bil­lion in dam­ages.

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