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Court tosses Ecuadorian case vs. Chevron Canada, but ‘corporate separateness’ principles questioned

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 12:35 PM | By Terry Davidson

The lost Ontario appeal of Ecuadorian villagers seeking billions from the Canadian subsidiary of a U.S. energy company for environmental damage caused in their homeland speaks to “bedrock principles” of corporate separateness, but leaves a door slightly open for future courtroom debate, says one legal mind.

The May 23 Court of Appeal for Ontario decision in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation 2018 ONCA 472 is the latest development in a $9.5 billion lawsuit with a history spanning more than 50 years and three countries.

The Appeal Court...