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Nigeria: UK court blocks Nigerian court’s oil spill damages order against Shell as communities renew battle

A UK court blocked a Nigerian court’s oil spill damages award against Shell on Thursday as the award claim had been registered in the UK which meant that the UK courts could enforce the award against Shell.  The UK judge Jason Coppel set aside the registration on Thursday, thus preventing UK courts from enforcing the award. A lawyer for the Nigerian community told Bloomberg they would appeal the UK court’s decision, while a Shell spokesman said that the supermajor continues to believe that “no payment was due” in the case that is still being tried in Nigerian courts.

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