Originally, Texaco attempted to walk away with impunity, but a coalition of Indigenous peoples and local communities sued Texaco in New York, where the company was based. They got support from a small group of American and Ecuadorian human rights lawyers. The eventual leader of the legal team was Steven Donziger, an attorney we’ve come to know and respect.
Somehow, David beat Goliath. After 18 years of court battles, the coalition won $9.5bn in damages,
Through bribery and corruption of the Ecuadorean legal system. Which is an interesting “somehow” really.