Feb 12, 2021

Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities 'can sue in English courts'

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that polluted Nigerian communities can sue oil giant Shell in English courts. The Supreme Court, the UK's final appeal court for civil cases, ruled that the cases brought by the Bille community and the Ogale people of Ogoniland against Royal Dutch Shell were arguable and could proceed in the English courts. February 2021: UK Supreme Court rules that some 42,500 residents of the Ogale and Bille communities can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil pollution. January 2021: Dutch appeals court rules that the Nigerian branch of Shell was responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta and orders Shell Nigeria to pay compensation to four farmers. 2012: Members of the Bodo community file a lawsuit against Shell in a London High Court, seeking compensation for two oil spills.

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