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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Ecuadorean Court
In a stunning retreat, high-powered Washington, D.C. firm Patton Boggs agreed Wednesday to pay $15 million to energy giant Chevron and withdraw from its central role in trying to enforce an Ecuadorean court judgment against the oil company that was found to have been obtained through fraud.
The environmental consulting firm accused by a judge of assisting "egregious fraud" by plaintiffs in the highly publicized lawsuit against Chevron Corp. successively received multimillion-dollar contracts from the U.S. government, including work on the infamous BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday handed Chevron Corp. a major victory in its decades-long battle over pollution in the Amazon rain forest, declaring an Ecuadorean court ruling unenforceable in the U.S.
Chevron Corp.'s environmental opponents won a round in their long-running legal battle against the oil giant Tuesday, as a Canadian court upheld their bid to try to seize Chevron assets in Canada to enforce a $9.5 billion Ecuadorean court judgment over pollution in the Amazon rain forest.