NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday blocked the enforcement of a more than $8.6 billion pollution judgment obtained in Ecuador against Chevron Corp , letting stand a lower court ruling that said an American lawyer used “corrupt means” to win the award.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected efforts by the lawyer Steven Donziger and representatives of residents of Ecuador’s Lago Agrio region to enforce the judgment.
They sought to hold Chevron responsible for water and soil contamination supposedly caused from 1964 to 1992 by Texaco, which Chevron acquired in 2001. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York)