Nigerian Village Targets Shell In $1B Water Pollution Suit

Law360, New York (October 21, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT) -- A Nigerian village sued Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Michigan federal court on Tuesday, seeking $1 billion in compensation after the U.N. determined the village's drinking water contained 900 times the recommended level for a carcinogen found in crude oil.

A spiritual leader for the Ogale village in Nigeria and several village residents are suing Shell under the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of all Ogale villagers, seeking $1 billion in compensatory damages for 50 years of pollution, as well as punitive damages "at the highest...
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