Nigerians' Human Rights Case Against Shell Revived

Law360, New York (June 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated claims against Shell Petroleum Development Corp. alleging that the oil giant played a role in massive human rights violations in Nigeria in the 1990s, reversing a 2008 ruling that U.S. courts had no jurisdiction over the litigation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit remanded the case, ordering the district court to reconsider its discovery jurisdiction and dismissal ruling.

The lawsuit, part of a group of four related cases, was filed by Nigerian citizens who protested the...
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