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Legal claim brought against Shell for alleged environmental damage in Nigeria could open floodgates

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screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-19-58-01By CITY & FINANCE REPORTER FOR THE DAILY MAILPUBLISHED: 21:51, 20 November 2016 

A legal claim brought against Royal Dutch Shell for alleged environmental damage in Nigeria could open the floodgates to more multinational firms being pursued in UK courts.

Two communities are seeking £100m in compensation from the oil giant and its Nigerian subsidiary after suffering repeated oil spills.

A four-day hearing this week will decide whether the case against Shell should be heard in London, where the company is incorporated, or Nigeria. Lawyers representing the communities claim the Nigerian legal system is too uncertain to deliver justice.

Shell, which blames sabotage and theft for causing much of the damage, said: ‘Allegations concerning Nigerian plaintiffs in dispute with a Nigerian company, over issues which took place in Nigeria, should be heard in Nigeria.’

If the High Court rules the case can be heard in London, it could set a precedent for future legal battles being held in the UK.

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-3954938/Multinational-Shell-s-legal-battle-Nigeria-spills-UK-courts.html#ixzz4Qapeanay

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