Lexpert Magazine

July 2019

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16 LEXPERT MAGAZINE | JULY 2019 EVEN WITH A BEDROCK LEGAL PRINCIPLE AT STAKE, ECUADOREAN VILLAGER'S BATTLE WITH CHEVRON AD THE EQUITIES AT ITS HEART BY JULIUS MELNITZER THE ART OF THE CASE: PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK I looked at the stuff and said yes." at is Alan Lenczner's succinct sum- mary of the advice he gave to a group of Ecuadorean plaintiffs who consulted his firm, Lenczner Slaght Royce Griffin Smith LLP, about whether there was any chance of enforcing their US$9.5 billion (Ecuadorean) judgment against Chevron Corporation by seizing the shares and as- sets of its seventh-level subsidiary, Chevron Canada Limited. Never mind that success in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation depended on piercing the iconic "corporate veil" and undermin- ing the principle of corporate separateness, a mainstay of the common law since 1896; never mind that there was no suggestion that the corporate structure to which the Canadian company belonged was an in- strument of fraud or wrongdoing — one of the few circumstances in which courts have been willing to ignore the corporate veil; never mind that Chevron Canada had done absolutely nothing wrong and was " A TALE OF TWO EQUITIES

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