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UK: Court of appeal hears claims against Shell regarding oil pollution in Nigeria

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21 November 2017

Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers' pollution claims against Shell

Author: Leigh Day

Today the Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell.

The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution. 

...Shell resists the villagers’ claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

...[A]ccording to law firm Leigh Day which is representing the communities, the High Court Judgment wrongly struck out the claims at an early stage in the litigation before all the relevant evidence was before the Court.  

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21 November 2017

UK court hears appeal in Shell Nigeria oil spill case

Author: Ahmed Idris, Al Jazeera (Qatar)

The outcome of an appeal hearing against a verdict issued earlier this year in Britain is being eagerly awaited in Nigeria.

Communities in Rivers State are demanding that energy giant Royal Dutch Shell clean up oil spills and pay the associated costs.

But Royal Dutch Shell says the case should be dealt with in Nigeria.

Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris reports from the Ogale region in Rivers State, Nigeria.

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