Shell Settles Nigerian Human Rights Suits For $15.5M

Law360, New York (June 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Shell Petroleum NV and its subsidiaries will pay $15.5 million to settle claims alleging that the oil giant played a role in massive human rights violations, including the deaths of activists such as author Ken Saro-Wiwa, in Nigeria in the 1990s.

The settlement, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will compensate the cases’ 10 plaintiffs, pay for legal fees and establish a trust for residents of Ogoni, Nigeria, where the alleged violations occurred.

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