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Outcome appeal against Shell: victory for the environment and the Nigerian people

Author: Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), Published on: 18 December 2015

Four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands welcome today’s ruling by the Court of Appeals in The Hague allowing them to jointly sue Shell in the Netherlands for causing extensive oil spills in Nigeria. The ruling is unique and can pave the way for victims of environmental pollution and human rights abuses worldwide to turn to the Netherlands for legal redress when a Dutch company is involved. In addition to competence question, the Court also ruled in favour of Friends of the Earth NL and the Nigerian farmers regarding the issue of access to internal company documents, Shell must give access to internal company documents.

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