Top Ecuador court upholds $9 billion ruling against Chevron

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador’s highest court has upheld a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron for decades of rain-forest damage, but it may be a largely symbolic loss for the San Ramon company.

Plaintiffs celebrated the constitutional court’s decision announced Tuesday night, saying it should pave the way for indigenous tribes to receive compensation for oil spills that contaminated groundwater and soil in their Amazon home.

“There’s no doubt now that we’ve won this long legal battle,” said Pablo Fajardo, the plaintiffs’ lawyer.