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Neal Katyal, the best justice money can buy

By John Donovan

Shell lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP have hired Neal Katyal, a senior partner at the global law firm Hogan Lovells, to represent them in litigation relating to Shell’s human rights abuses in Nigeria.

Mr Katyal is a busy man. On Monday he will be arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. For the first time, it includes President Trump’s appointee Neil Gorsuch. Katyal endorsed Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, testifying at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing.

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Shell’s Nigerian Nightmare Continues

Latest salvo in Shell Nigerian discovery docs battle

By John Donovan

Over 100,000 Shell internal discovery documents relating to the oil giants murderous conduct in Nigeria were assembled by Shell several years ago.

This huge task was undertaken for the famous Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum lawsuit in the USA alleging that Shell was complicit in the murder of Ogoni leaders, including Ken Saro-Wiwa and the beloved husband of Esther Kiobel, Dr. Barinem Kiobel.

In 2013, Shell’s lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP managed to scupper that litigation on legal jurisdiction grounds in a historic U.S. Supreme Court Decision. The pre-trial proceedings, which had lasted over a decade, came to an abrupt end before the allegations could be brought to trial. Shell cleverly escaped responsibility. The content of the discovery documents remained confidential and under Shell’s control.

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Spectacular falling out of ‘Security Professionals’ at the top of Shell

By John Donovan

Former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III joined Shell in 2003 and until recently was paid over $325,000 per year as head of Shell Security in the Americas. He has a military background currently holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Oaks had a Top Secret U.S. Government Security Clearance through the military connection that afforded him the opportunity to attend classified U.S. federal governmental security briefings for the private sector (his employer Shell).

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How Shell fell out with former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III

Later today, subject to any legal intervention by Shell, we will publish the story of former FBI Special Agent Crockett Oaks III.  

He joined Shell in 2003 and until recently was paid over $300,000 per year as head of Shell Security in the Americas.

Oaks was at one time involved in Shell’s murky Nigerian operations. You may have heard about them. 

He was wrongfully dismissed on an unrelated matter. He refused to countenance illegal discrimination.

Shell reached a timely agreement with him this week in the US courts. I am sure he is no longer free to comment on Nigerian matters. I hope he has ended up with pots of money. 

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Can Shell CEO Ben van Beurden Survive OPL 245?

Amazing that after that experience, his reaction was to opt for the same cover-up culture/mentality of Shell senior management which led to Watts being escorted from Shell Centre in London by security staff.

By John Donovan

Ben van Beurden had no involvement in the $1.3bn OPL 245 corruption scandal until after he became Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. He was not involved in the shady negotiations or the eventual deal.

Based on what he said in the surreptitiously recorded telephone conversation with his then-subordinate Simon Henry, the then Chief Executive of the company, he is, however, guilty of cover-up tactics and gross hypocrisy.

The intercepted call took place on the day that Shell’s Netherlands HQ was raided. The police spent hours searching his office and removed a folder of documents.

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Headline selection on Shell OPL 245 debacle

Nigeria: Malabu Scandal – After Telling Lies for Years, Shell Admits It Knew Etete Would Benefit From $1.1 Billion: PremiumTimes

After repeated denials in various countries, Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, on Monday finally admitted it had foreknowledge that the $1.3 billion itself and ENI paid to Nigerian government for the OPL 245 oil block licence would ultimately be used to settle convicted former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete.

Shell dealt with money-launderer to ‘resolve impasse’: EveningStandard

Only 24 hours after claiming it had no knowledge of “improper payments” to a convicted money-launderer over a $1.3 billion (£1.1 billion) oil field acquisition in Nigeria, Shell has admitted it had known it was dealing with the controversial figure but doing so was “the only way to resolve [an] impasse”.

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OPL 245: Shell admits it knew payments would go to convicted money launderer


SHELL U-TURN

Yesterday Global Witness and Finance Uncovered exposed leaked emails that revealed Shell knowingly participated in a vast bribery scheme for one of Africa’s most valuable oil blocks, which deprived Nigeria and its people of $1.1billion.

Global Witness’ investigations into the case have exposed how Shell’s most senior decision-makers knew that the money they paid for oil block OPL 245 would go to convicted money launderer and ex-Nigerian oil minister Dan Etete, via his Malabu company – rather than to benefit the Nigerian people. For six years, Shell has consistently denied any wrong-doing, saying it only paid the Nigerian government.

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Key role of Shell Chairman Malcolm Brinded in OPL 245 Scandal

By John Donovan

Italian prosecutors intend to put Shell Foundation chairman Malcolm Brinded on trial for alleged corruption offences over his key role in the $1.3bn OPL 245 oil block deal. See extracts below from news articles published in the last 48 hours. Such allegations should not come as a surprise to regular visitors to my Shell focussed websites over the last two decades. The headline of an article I published in May 2009 says it all: Royal Dutch Shell Fat Cat Malcolm Brinded: Big Brain but no scruples. I first reached that conclusion nearly 20 years ago.

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OPL 245: I think Shell may be in a spot of bother

Postings extracted without his permission from the Facebook page of retired Shell executive Paddy Briggs…

This was actually on the 8:00am news on ! I think Joe Shell might be in a spot of bother.

I cannot comment on the latest allegations about Shell that are hitting the headlines – I would just say that they should be looked at in the context of the Company’s “Business Principles” :

http://www.shell.com/…/glob…/corporate/sgbp-english-2014.pdf

The Principles were introduced when I was an employee. I supported them but my colleagues will recall that I argued strongly that if they were not to be just PR Flimflam there had to be a conscious and internally regulated process to see that they were applied. When I looked at Corrib some years ago I concluded that if there was such a process it wasn’t working in this case. The latest news raises further questions.

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APRIL 2017: TOP U.S. LAW FIRMS BATTLING TO FRUSTRATE ESTHER KIOBEL LITIGATION AGAINST SHELL

Esther Kiobel (left) addressing supporters

15 YEARS ON, SHELL STILL FRUSTRATING LITIGATION TO HOLD IT ACCOUNTABLE FOR EVIL DEEDS IN NIGERIA

By John Donovan

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP – a global law firm, which has Shell as a long term client, has recently hired another global law firm – Hogan Lovells US LLP – to represent it in an attempt to frustrate litigation being brought against Shell in the USA and the Netherlands. 

We have published several articles in recent months concerning a petition brought in the US courts on behalf of Esther Kiobel.  

She is seeking access to more than 100,000 Shell internal documents gathered by Shell and handed to Cravath. This happened as part of the discovery process in the litigation Esther brought against Shell in 2002, in the US courts. Among many serious allegations was a claim that Shell was complicit in the murder of her husband, a leader of the Ogoni people in Nigeria. 

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SHELL NEWS UPDATE FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

Shell shuts Bonny Light oil export line to remove theft points: Reuters/Daily Mail

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – The Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it had shut down the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, which exports Bonny Light crude oil, in order to remove theft points.

Shell plans to double Hazira LNG plant capacity – India head: Reuters/Daily Mail

March 31 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to double the capacity of its liquefied natural gas import facility at Hazira on India’s west coast to 10 million tonnes a year, a top company executive said on Friday.

Shell Opens New Technology Hub in India: RIGZONE

Royal Dutch Shell plc has opened a new major technology hub in Bangalore, India, which can house up to 1,500 workers.

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Latest Shell News

Shell’s top oil trader defends North Sea Brent activity: Financial Times

Royal Dutch Shell’s top oil trader has launched a staunch defence against accusations that the company’s activity in the North Sea crude market had skewed the benchmark that underpins global oil prices. Shell is alleged to have traded aggressively in the region last year, contributing to heavy losses among rivals…

Shell Throws The Blame To Residents on Slow Cleanup of Oil Spills In Nigeria: The Science Times

EXTRACT: Oil and petroleum giant Shell blamed the Nigerian residents in the Delta community for its slow response in cleaning up the two oil spill incidents in 2008. Amidst almost a decade-long effort, Shell wasn’t able to fully contain the spill. However, there is a possibility that the clean-up might start next month.

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