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3 Apr 2009

Braden Reddall, Reuters

Nigerians appeal Chevron win of platform clash case

Nigerians who sought to blame Chevron Corp for a violent clash on an oil platform…more than a decade ago have appealed a verdict in the U.S. company's favor. A federal jury in San Francisco cleared Chevron in December of liability in the break-up by Nigerian forces of a 1998 occupation of its Parabe platform, where about 100 villagers had been protesting environmental damage and demanding compensation and jobs…The jury rejected claims that [Chevron] was liable for cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, torture, assault, battery and negligence. "A jury unanimously found that Chevron was not liable for any of the claims by Bowoto and the other plaintiffs," Chevron said in a statement…"We believe the plaintiffs' appeal is without merit." [also refers to Shell]