NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court is skeptical about Chevron's efforts to get out of an $18 billion Ecuadorean judgment for rainforest contamination.
A three-judge panel for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan heard the case on Friday.
The judges put a Chevron lawyer on the defensive during oral arguments.
They questioned why a New York court should be able to block enforcement of another country's court judgment.
The Ecuadorean plaintiffs who won the judgment are trying to stop a November trial to decide whether it was obtained fairly.
Chevron says lawyers for the plaintiffs manipulated a corrupt legal system in Ecuador.