Judge Calls Nigeria Oil Violence Probe Legit

Law360, New York (December 2, 2009, 12:49 PM EST) -- A probe conducted by lawyers for plaintiff Esther Kiobel, who accuses Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. of human rights abuses in Nigeria, was reasonable, a federal judge has found in denying a bid for sanctions by the fossil fuel giant now called Shell Petroleum NV.

Judge Kimba M. Wood's ruling, issued Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejected an August motion for sanctions that accused Kiobel's lawyers of violating disclosure rules by signing on to incorrect statements from people who...
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