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Nigeria's Bodo community claims win over Shell after latest UK court ruling

Author: Estelle Shirbon, Reuters via Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 24 May 2018

A British judge ruled on Thursday that Nigeria's Bodo community, which has been involved in a protracted legal battle with Shell over the clean-up of two 2008 oil spills, should retain the option of litigation for another year.  Lawyers for Bodo had accused Shell of trying to kill off the legal case by seeking a court order that would have meant the community had to meet onerous conditions before it could revive its litigation, which is currently on hold.  A London High Court judge, Mrs Justice Cockerill, ruled that the litigation should remain stayed until July 1, 2019, with no conditions attached should the Bodo community's representatives seek to re-activate it before then...In 2015, Shell accepted liability for the spills, agreeing to pay 55 million pounds...to Bodo villagers and to clean up their lands and creeks.  After years of delays, the clean-up is currently underway, under the auspices of the internationally recognised Bodo Mediation Initiative (BMI).  Shell's lawyers had argued...that the community should only be able to re-activate the legal case should Shell fail to comply with its obligation to pay for the clean-up.  But Bodo's lawyers had countered that the community should have unfettered access to the London courts if the clean-up was not completed to a high standard.  A spokeswoman for Shell said the company remained committed to working with the BMI to advance the clean-up plan in Bodo...

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