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10 Sep 2010

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[PDF] Bowoto, et al. v. Chevron Corporation - Opinion

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This case arises from a violent episode that occurred on the Parabe oil platform nine miles off the coast of Nigeria in 1998. The platform was operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited (“CNL”), a subsidiary of the world oil giant…When the [Nigerian Government Security Forces (GSF)] soldiers arrived on the platform, they shot a number of the protestors, killing two. In 1999, the injured protestors and family of a deceased protestor filed a lawsuit…against three American-based Chevron companies (“Chevron”), raising a number of claims related to the GSF raid of the Parabe platform…[T]he claims of [the plaintiffs] were tried before a jury…The jury rendered a verdict in favor of Chevron on all claims, and Plaintiffs now appeal… We…affirm the district court’s judgment.