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US court upholds key Shell ruling in Nigeria case

A U.S. appeals court refused to reconsider a lawsuit that accused Royal Dutch Shell Plc of helping Nigerian authorities violently suppress protests against oil exploration in the 1990s. In a divided vote that prompted a bitter debate among some of its judges, the court left intact what some legal experts call a landmark ruling in September that companies cannot be liable in U.S. courts for violations of international human rights law.

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US federal appeals court declines to reconsider September 2010 decision that Alien Tort Claims Act cannot be used to hold corporations liable for violations of international human rights law

Shell lawsuit (re executions in Nigeria, Kiobel v Shell, filed in USA)