Law.com reports the case has been in court for 17 years, but it’s not over yet. Although the court awarded $8.6 billion, far less than the $27.3 billion recommended by a court-appointed expert, Chevron vowed to appeal.
Investigative reporter Greg Palast has been looking at the situation and figures the natives who sued are probably out of luck. “Even if the Indians can prove their case and win billions to clean up the jungle, collecting the cash is another matter. Chevron has removed all its assets from Ecuador.” There are political implications for international relations between the U.S. and South America, though.