There is a major legal battle in progress in the US courts relating to over 100,000 Shell internal documents and witness depositions arising from the famed Kiobel vs Royal Dutch Petroleum Co case.
Shell lawyers Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP has just obtained a stay of a Court Order which had required the discovery materials to be made available to Esther Kiobel by 27 February 2017. The details and the associated court imposed deadlines flowing from the stay are indicated in the above COURT ORDER dated 14 February 2017.
Cravath has held the Shell discovery files in a secure warehouse ever since it was all gathered together by Shell many years ago for production in the above Kiobel vs Royal Dutch Petroleum case.
That litigation, arising from alleged murderous human rights abuses by Shell in Nigeria, was thwarted by a US Supreme Court decision in 2013.
The same basic case will shortly be filed in the Dutch courts.