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U.S. Supreme Court to Re-hear Shell Oil Human Rights Case


The case could make corporations liable for acts of torture and genocide.

By . Agence France-Presse March 5, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to hear arguments a second time in a dispute between oil giant Royal Dutch Shell and Nigerian victims of torture. The Supreme Court heard a first round of arguments by attorneys last week on the issue of large companies’ responsibility for human rights violations committed outside the United States.

The case could make corporations liable for acts of torture and genocide.

In an unusual decision, the nine justices announced they would hear the matter again at their next session in fall 2012 before ruling on the case. They asked the parties to clarify their written arguments before spring.

The case involves 12 Nigerians who accuse Shell of “complicity in human rights violations committed against them in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta in Nigeria between 1992 and 1995.”

“These violations included torture, extrajudicial executions and crimes against humanity,” their complaint says. read more

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Justices to Weigh Foreigners’ Lawsuits

By JESS BRAVIN

The Supreme Court indicated Monday that it may scale back an 18th-century federal law that permits foreigners to sue in U.S. courts over violations of international law.

Last week, the justices heard arguments over whether the Alien Tort Statute, passed by Congress in 1789, allows suits against corporations. The case involves Nigerian citizens who allege human-rights violations in Nigeria by the Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Shell denies the allegations.

But several justices clearly had a bigger question in mind. On Monday, the court ordered the case reargued, directing parties to submit new briefs before July addressing whether the statute permits suits for international-law violations occurring outside the U.S. The case is likely to be reargued after the court returns from its summer recess in October. Previously, a decision had been expected by the end of the current term in July. read more

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Risk of backfire from Shell Nitrogen Enriched wonder fuel?

…Early commercial success, however, became qualified when it appeared that in a small number of cars the new gasoline caused inlet values to burn..

By John Donovan

Shell is launching new nitrogen enriched gasolines and new V-Power premium gasoline in the US market. All the usual claims apply.

Shell Launches New Fuel

Some might think reading Shell’s advertising that nitrogen is a newly discovered chemical element. In fact it was discovered by a Scottish physician in 1772.  According to Wikipedia, it is notable for the range of explosively unstable compounds that it can produce. Lets hope that it does not blow up too many engines. I am only half joking.
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Corporate Human Rights Case Expanded by U.S. Supreme Court

By Greg Stohr – Mar 5, 2012 8:14 PM GMT

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a second round of arguments in a case that might shield multinational companies, including Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), from suits accusing them of complicity in human-rights abuses.

The justices today expanded their review of a lawsuit that claims Shell units played a role in torture and execution in Nigeria in the 1990s. The court said in a one-paragraph order that it will consider whether the two-century-old Alien Tort Statute can be invoked for alleged wrongdoing that occurs beyond the U.S. borders. read more

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