Dutch Court Largely Rejects Nigerians’ Case Against Shell

A Dutch court has largely dismissed a bid by Nigerian farmers to hold oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell responsible for pollution in their villages in the Niger Delta.

The court in The Hague said only the company’s subsidiary, Nigerian Shell, will have to pay damages because it did not adequately protect against sabotage in one case.  It rejected all claims against the parent company, saying that under Nigerian law, Shell was not responsible unless it operated with negligence.