EXTRACTS FROM SHELL 2nd QUARTER 2006 RESULTS
In connection with the putative shareholder class actions filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey relating to the 2004 recategorisation of certain hydrocarbon reserves, Shell has determined that it would be prepared to resolve that litigation for, among other terms, a payment by Shell of $500 million. Accordingly, management of the Shell Group has established a $500 million provision in respect of this litigation. No settlement has been reached in the matter (see note 10). The provision is included in the Corporate segment.
NOTE 10. Contingencies and litigation
The class actions and individual cases are at an early stage and subject to substantial uncertainties concerning the outcome of material factual and legal issues relating to the litigation. In addition, potential damages, if any, in a fully litigated securities class action would depend on the losses caused by the alleged wrongful conduct that would be demonstrated by individual class members in their purchases and sales of Royal Dutch and Shell Transport shares during the relevant class period. Based on the current status of the litigation, however, management of the Shell Group has established a $500 million provision in respect of this litigation. This amount reflects what Shell is prepared to pay to the plaintiffs to resolve this litigation. No settlement has been reached in the matter. Management of the Shell Group will review this determination as the litigation progresses.