UK Supreme Court allows two Nigerian communities to sue Royal Dutch Shell over oil spills in Niger Delta : worldnews

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The Supreme Court has ruled today that two Nigerian communities, of more than 50,000 people combined, can bring their legal claims for clean-up and compensation against Royal Dutch Shell plc and its Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.

The Supreme Court ruling comes just two weeks after the Dutch Court of Appeal’s landmark ruling against RDS in litigation brought by four Nigerian farmers and Milieudefensie against Shell which held RDS liable for pollution caused by its Nigerian subsidiary and ordered it to improve its pipeline network.

In this latest case, the UK Supreme Court overturned a split decision of the Court of Appeal and held that the two cases brought by the Ogale and Bille communities against Royal Dutch Shell are arguable and can proceed in the English courts.


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