The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling denying the oil giant Chevron’s bid to block an $18 billion fine for polluting Ecuador’s rain forest since the 1970s. Amazonian residents won the judgment last year after a long-running case seeking damages for Chevron’s dumping of billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. The initial ruling called on Chevron to pay $8.6 billion, but then rose to more than double that amount after Chevron failed to apologize. Chevron was appealing a lower court decision that threw out an injunction the company had won to block enforcement of the fine, but on Tuesday the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal without comment.
Supreme Court Declines to Block Chevron’s $18 Billion Fine for Ecuador Pollution
HeadlineOct 10, 2012