15 december 2015
On Friday, 18 December, the Court of Appeal in The Hague will rule on a number of important points in the appeal of the case of Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers versus Shell. The farmers started their lawsuit against Shell in 2008, due to oil spills on their agricultural lands and fishing ponds. Milieudefensie is co-plaintiff. The case is unique because this is the first time that a Dutch multinational has been brought before a Dutch court for environmental damage caused abroad. The verdict could have far-reaching legal consequences worldwide.