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Dutch Court: Nigerian Farmers Can Sue Shell Over Oil Spills

A Dutch appeals court has ruled that a groups of Nigerian farmers can sue the international oil company Royal Dutch Shell for pollution the farmers say was from oil leaking from Shell subsidiary pipelines. The court in The Hague handed down its ruling Friday. The ruling was the first of its kind, meaning it could set a precedent for other Dutch-based companies being sued for the alleged negligence of their subsidiaries elsewhere. Four Nigerian farmers, backed by the Dutch branch of...

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