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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Case Information

Case Title

Obe et al v. Royal Dutch Shell, PLC et al

Case Number



Michigan Eastern

Nature of Suit

Torts to Land


George Caram Steeh

Date Filed

October 18, 2011


Government Agencies

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