Nigerians Too Poor To Pay Chevron's Costs: Judge

Law360, New York (April 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to make a group of Nigerians who recently lost a lawsuit against Chevron Corp. over the oil company's alleged role in killing and injuring protestors against the company's practices pay Chevron's costs, noting the economic disparity between the parties.

Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Wednesday that the extreme economic disparity between the Nigerians and various Chevron affiliates named as defendants in the case, as well as a possible chilling effect on...
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