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Shell Is Back in Court for Nigeria Oil Spills Liability Ruling

  • Milieudefensie says Shell is responsible for crude leaks
  • Decision could spur further pollution litigation for oil firms
The Toxic Legacy of 60 Years of Abundant Oil
Photographer: George Osodi/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell Plc faces the latest ruling in a long-running legal dispute with Nigerian farmers who say the energy giant is responsible for oil leaks that have polluted their villages.

The case is the first in which a company and its foreign subsidiary have been tried in the Netherlands for allegedly breaching duty of care abroad, and it could have far-reaching implications for future suits brought against oil firms.