Court Upholds $96M Award to Chevron in Dispute With Ecuador

WASHINGTON (AP) -

A federal appellate court has upheld a $96 million arbitration award to Chevron Corp. stemming from a 1990s-era oil-contract dispute with the government of Ecuador.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected Ecuador’s challenge to the 2011 award from the Netherlands-based international arbitration panel.

The dispute centers on seven contracts that Texaco Petroleum Inc. had with Ecuador in 1991-93. Chevron bought Texaco in 2001.

Chevron claimed that Ecuador had violated provisions of a 1997 investment treaty by failing to resolve lawsuits in a timely fashion. The appellate court agreed with a 2013 ruling from a federal district judge that sided with Chevron.