SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 A U.S. judge on Monday
halted the enforcement of a damages award against Chevron Corp
(CVX.N), siding with the U.S. oil company against Ecuadorean
plaintiffs in a long-running dispute over Amazon rain forest
Chevron had asked U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan in
New York to extend his Feb. 8 temporary restraining order,
which froze enforcement of any damages award, into a
Kaplan granted that request on Monday, following an
Ecuadorean court's $8.6 billion judgment against the
second-largest U.S. oil company last month.
The issue is part of a 17-year-long legal battle in which
rain forest residents sought damages over accusations that
Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, was responsible for oil
dumped on their land in the 1970s and 1980s.
The plaintiffs did not have an immediate comment on
(Reporting by Dan Levine and Braden Reddall; editing by Carol