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By Colin Perkel, The Globe & Mail, April 15, 2018

Ecuadorian villagers are set this week to try again to hold Chevron Canada legally liable for a huge award against the oil company’s U.S.-based parent for what they say are the serious health effects they suffered from devastating environmental pollution decades ago.

The villagers will be asking Ontario’s top court to upend an earlier ruling that they cannot go after the Canadian company for the US$9.5-billion award they won in Ecuador against Chevron Corp.

The hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Ontario Court of Appeal is the latest tangle in the intense, take-no-prisoners litigation – and public relations war – fought over years and in several countries. However, it could also prove fatal to the…