Court dismisses four claims against Royal Dutch Shell

A court in the Netherlands dismissed four claims for compensation against Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s Nigerian subsidiary, but awarded damages in a fifth, in cases brought by farmers and fishermen claiming that oil spills from pipelines in Nigeria damaged their livelihoods.
The court concluded that the oil spills weren’t caused by poor maintenance by Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary, but by sabotage from third parties.
The court also dismissed all claims against the parent company, based in the Netherlands, saying that Nigerian law meant only Shell’s local subsidiary was liable.
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