BRITISH COURT RULES SHELL PARENT COMPANY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBSIDIARY

01/30/2017

Last year, thousands of Nigerians brought a case against Shell, accusing them of years of oil pollution that has contaminated the drinking water of thousands. The suit was brought against Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch company, in an attempt to hold multinationals liable for their subsidiaries’ actions. Last week, the British High Court ruled in favor of Shell and said the claimants should pursue the case in Nigerian courts. However, the claimants are skeptical that the Nigerian courts have the expertise to address their case. Amnesty International has expressed concern that this precedent will send a signal to British multinationals that they are exempt from the abuses their subsidiaries commit. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-shell-nigeria-court-idUKKBN15A1K3 and http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/221636-uk-court-ruling-shell-nigerian-oil-spill-sets-dangerous-precedent-amnesty-international.html.