Shell defeats Nigerians over claim
Oil giant Shell has defeated the latest legal bid by thousands of Nigerians to have their damages claims over pollution dealt with by the English courts.
Last year, a judge in London made a ruling which meant any compensation actions by two Nigerian communities affected by oil spills would have to be heard in Nigeria.
The communities later went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of Mr Justice Fraser.
Yesterday, judges in London dismissed their appeal by a majority of two to one.
They believe they can only get “justice” in the UK over what their lawyers have described as “extensive environmental damage caused by oil pollution”.
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS), incorporated in the UK and the parent company of the Shell group of companies and its subsidiary, argued claims should be heard by the courts in Nigeria.