The US District Court for the Southern District of New York (Kaplan, J.) issued an Opinion on Summary Judgment Motion in the Chevron-Lago Agrio RICO/fraud litigation. The Court declined to dismiss the defendants’ defenses and rule for Chevron at the summary judgment stage. The case will therefore go to full trial. That has consequences for the extent to which judges in Canada and Brazil, and the arbitrators in the Chevron-Ecuador BIT arbitration, will have a definitive ruling from the SDNY in front of them as they rule on their own disputes.