"Sometimes the law works out." Yes, sometimes, not MOST of the time.
Here’s a new item to start your day off right: energy corporation Chevron just got slapped with an $8 billion fine for polluting the Amazon between 1972 and 1992. Progressives of the world, unite!
The 18 year-old lawsuit, brought on by 30,000 Ecuadorians, charged Chevron with destroying parts of the rainforest, increasing cancer rates among locals, destroying crops, and killing animals. Originally filed in New York, the case was moved to Ecuador after Chevron lobbied to have it heard in the country where the pollution supposedly occurred. And while the case slogged through the courts, Chevron continued to deny any wrongdoing, even setting up a website to plead its innocence.
According to the company, it already cleaned up its mess. “The Ecuadorian court’s judgment is illegitimate and unenforceable,” Chevron noted in a statement. “It is the product of fraud and is contrary to the legitimate scientific evidence. Chevron will appeal this decision in Ecuador and intends to see that justice prevails.”
But here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter whether Chevron appeals—or even whether the appeal succeeds. This is already the the second largest judgment in an environmental damage case (first is BP’s Deepwater Horizon $20 billion settlement fund). And most importantly, it happened in Ecuador.
They will hem and haw, of course, but this is a big deal. Sometimes the law works out!