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Nigerian Farmers Affected by Oil Pollution Pursue Case Against Shell

A Dutch appeals court ruled on Friday that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable foroil spills at its subsidiary in Nigeria, potentially opening the way for other compensation claims against the multinational.

Judges in The Hague ordered Shell to make available to the court documents that might shed light on the cause of the oil spills and whether leading managers were aware of them.

Friday’s ruling overturned a 2013 finding by a lower Dutch court that Shell’s Dutch-based parent company could not be held liable for spills at its Nigerian subsidiary.

Chris Jones

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