ExxtortionMobil fails!

Exxon holding up Venezuela

(Translation: “Gimme everything you got under your belt.” The belt in question is the Orinoco Belt, a region rich with extra-heavy crude oil.)

Pardon me for the Schadenfreude, but this is just too sweet…

The High Court in London has suspended an order that froze $12bn (£6bn) of the assets of Venezuela’s state oil firm, PDVSA, in a dispute with ExxonMobil.

Exxon is seeking $12bn in compensation from PDVSA, after its interests were nationalised last year.

Venezuela has settled with other international oil firms, but says Exxon exaggerated the value of its assets.


Presiding Judge Paul Walker said he would publish the reasons behind his judgement later in the day.

The assets were originally frozen pending arbitration on the value of Exxon’s former holdings.

Venezuela’s ambassador in the UK, Samuel Moncada, hailed the result as “the beginning of the end” of what he called Exxon’s “campaign of harassment against PDVSA around the world”.

“The English judge rejected Exxon’s intention to use an English court as an instrument of coercion against a Venezuelan company,” he added.

Gloat, gloat.

UPDATE: And that’s not all…they’ve also been ordered to pay Venezuela’s court costs. PLUS damages. This is gonna get muy interesante, kiddies.

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2 Responses to ExxtortionMobil fails!

  1. Is the winner of the fight Venezuela? Or did the Court just let them win round one?

  2. Bina says:

    According to the Reuters link in my update, Exxon isn’t planning to appeal. Exxon has no case in any event. This is just extortion on their part. Maybe they’ll try another tack. In their shoes, though, I’d quit, because it’s only going to cost them more the further they go. They’re already on the hook for court costs and damages in this case, and the general advice is, “When you’re already in a hole, STOP DIGGING!”

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