Nigerian communities lose UK court fight over pollution claims against Shell
The Court of appeal in the United Kingdom has dismissed a claim for compensation against Royal Dutch Shell by two Nigerian communities, affected by oil spill.
The communities in Rivers State, Ogale and Bille began two separate legal claims against both Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS) and its 100% owned Nigerian subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) in 2016.
They were inspired by a similar case filed by the Bodo community.
The law firm Leigh Day won a landmark agreement from Shell to pay $83.5 million in compensation to the Bodo community for damage caused by oil spills in 2008 and 2009.
But in January last year, a lower court ruled that the Royal Dutch Shell could not be held accountable for the sins of a Nigerian subsidiary.