10 Jan '12, 9pm

Good piece from The @NewYorker on how the little guys can to win against Big Oil

Good piece from The @NewYorker on how the little guys can to win against Big Oil

The land Texaco despoiled in Ecuador. jgomba via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 If you haven't read Patrick Radden Keefe's New Yorker piece, Reversal of Fortune , about the 18-year legal battle over the environmental destruction Texaco left in Ecuador, get to it. Along with being a great piece of long form journalism, it describes the astoundingly uphill battle that plaintiffs in developing countries (and probably plenty of other countries) face in bringing lawsuits against multinational corporations which have plundered their land. Some background, from the piece : Since 1993, a group of Ecuadorans had been pursuing an apparently fruitless legal struggle to hold Texaco responsible for environmental destruction in the Oriente. During the decades when Texaco operated there, the lawsuit maintained, it dumped eighteen billion gallons of toxic waste. When the company ceased operations in E...

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