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Verdict in the appeal of Milieudefensie vs. Shell to be announced on 18 December

Verdict in the appeal of Milieudefensie vs. Shell to be announced on 18 December

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.

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Appeal in Shell courtcase: tactics of a multinational trying to dodge responsibility

Appeal in Shell courtcase: tactics of a multinational trying to dodge responsibility

14 december 2015

Our courtcase against Shell already lasts for 7.5 years. We sue them for the oil spills in the Niger Delta. This Friday 18 December the Dutch Court of Appeal will finally speak a verdict in the appeal. The verdict will not be about whether Shell is to blame for the oil spills. First the court has to judge on seven procedural matters raised by Shell, as well as and on our request to get access to potential evidence.

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Thursday: session of the appeal against Shell.

Thursday: session of the appeal against Shell.

10 maart 2015

After 7 years of legal battle against Shell, in the first phase of the appeal, finally there is a session, thursday 10am at the Higher court in The Hague. Together with four Nigerian farmers we want to force Shell to accept liability for oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

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New evidence points to liability of Shell Netherlands for environmental devastation in Nigeria

New evidence points to liability of Shell Netherlands for environmental devastation in Nigeria

26 september 2013

10 September 2013 – The lawyers of four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), who are pressing charges against Shell over the oil pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta, have obtained confidential records that shed new light on the working methods of the Shell oil company. On the basis of these documents, the lawyers are again asking the court in The Hague for access to additional internal Shell documents, which they want to use to prove that Shell head office in The Hague is liable for the oil leaks that have been occurring in the Nigerian villages. In September 2011 a similar request for access was turned down by the courts.

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