A court in Ecuador has awarded record damages in an environmental pollution lawsuit against the US oil company Chevron.
The case, which has been running for more than 17 years, has implications for other mega claims.
But Chevron has contested the award of $8 billion dollars and has counter sued for fraud.
Environmentalists portray the case as a fight for justice against rich polluters. Originally $27 billion dollars had been demanded.
Ecuador’s indigenous people and farmers claim that faulty drilling practices back in the 1970s and 80s caused damage to wide areas of jungle.
Texaco struck oil in 1967 and operated a pumping programme over the next two decades. Chevron bought the company in 2001 and says it cleaned up all the pits it was responsible for.