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Chevron’s Unethical Tactics to Avoid Judgment In $10 Billion Rainforest Trial

Series of Legal Setbacks In Ecuador Haunt Oil Giant; Charges of Fabricating Scientific Evidence

QUITO, Ecuador, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Coalition to Defend the Amazon issued the following statement: Amazon leaders are accusing Chevron of fabricating evidence and engaging in a “campaign of intimidation” in Ecuador to derail a class action rainforest pollution trial as it nears completion, said a spokesman for the Coalition to Defend the Amazon, the non-profit group bringing the case.

Plaintiffs maintain a final judgment in the case – considered one of the largest environmental litigations in history — could surpass $10 billion. Three indigenous groups report they are near extinction in areas of the rainforest where Chevron operated.

The evidentiary portion of the trial is expected to end in months, with a decision in 2008.

“As judgment day nears, Chevron has resorted to these unethical tactics because it knows the weight of the evidence is stacked against it,” said Pablo Fajardo, the Ecuadorian lawyer for the 30,000 plaintiffs and a
spokesman for the Coalition.

Chevron is accused of intentionally dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon rainforest during the 28 years (1964 to 1992) it operated an oil concession in Ecuador, or 30 times more pure crude that was
spilled in Exxon Valdez disaster.

PR Newswire

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