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UK Supreme Court issues new decision on parent company liability in Okpabi and others v. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another

BRIEF EXTRACTS FROM E-NEWSLETTER 10 AUGUST 2021

On 12 February 2021, the Supreme Court issued its unanimous judgment in Okpabi and others v. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and another [2021] UKSC 3, declaring that a claim brought by over 40,000 residents of two communities in the Niger Delta against two Shell group companies over alleged oil spills could proceed to the merits stage.

The Okpabi decision, together with the judgment in Vedanta, provides guidance on the circumstances in which a parent company may be held liable for acts or omissions of its foreign subsidiary.

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