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Do you have grounds for a lawsuit against Shell? Have you, your firm or family been cheated or injured by Shell?

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 17.12.44If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you may find this article by John Donovan to be of interest…

The first difficulty faced by potential litigants considering suing Shell, is finding a law firm with the required resources which does not have a conflict of interest and is willing to confront an opponent quite literally prepared to stop at nothing.

In this connection we may be able to assist by providing introductions at law firms in the UK or Holland with a track record of winning cases against Shell.

The owner of this website has been a participant in countless proceedings with Shell stretching back to 1993. 

Consequently, I know most Shell litigation moves including the use of:

* unscrupulous solicitors
* undercover activity
* witness intimidation
* threats
* jurisdiction ploys
* burying evidence
* tampering with evidence
* holding back discovery documents
* manipulating the news media
* hiding information about the litigation from Shell shareholders
* dragging out litigation to drain the resources of a weaker opponent

Basically nothing is too low for Shell.

Knowing that other parties have had the same problems dealing with Shell can help psychologically and also possibly strengthen a case by providing what is known as “similar fact evidence”. This perhaps explains why one of Shell’s first actions in responding to a case is to ask that the case be sealed, preventing the court documents and documents relating to discovery from reaching the public domain. Even where a case has been sealed, the initial petition is by definition in the public domain, since it was lodged with the court before the case was sealed. Shell does not want news of litigation to circulate in case it reaches the ears of another potential or actual litigant who might be able to supply or benefit from acquiring similar fact evidence.

It has therefore been suggested that we act as a repository of threatened or actual legal proceedings against Shell. This would enable us to compare cases to check for relevance to litigation already in our files and notify relevant parties accordingly, putting them into direct contact if both sides agree. In the event of a pattern of Shell conduct being revealed, perhaps even involving the same Shell individuals, it might enable the cases to proceed more expeditiously and potentially even persuade Shell to settle out of court rather than allowing predatory conduct to be exposed in open court.

Consequently, if you have a legal grievance against Shell you are invited to report it to us. If legal documents are already in the public domain we will, with your permission, publish them. If the information is confidential we will only share it with another party with a similar grievance if you give us clearance to do so.

It can be sent directly to me at: [email protected]

Our own experiences with Shell: At the beginning of our legal battles with Shell we knew nothing about such shady tactics but were well aware of the daunting challenge of taking on a multinational Goliath which has an army of in-house lawyers supported by unlimited financial resources and a ruthless unscrupulous management. We thought we were on our own in having to threaten ligation after a Shell manager stole our intellectual property. Then in a meeting I had with a Shell Chairman, he let it slip that other firms were also threatening to launch legal proceedings on the same basis about the same Shell national manager. In other words, the Shell manager in question had been accused of stealing ideas from other parties who, like us, had disclosed information on a confidential basis believing they could trust Shell. The then Shell Chairman, Dr Chris Fay, claimed that he could not agree to settle our claim because it would set a precedent. This was a major concern in view of the fact that other potential litigants were pressing Shell. Royal Dutch Shell did later did settle for £200,000 (approximately $400,000.)

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1 Comment on “Do you have grounds for a lawsuit against Shell? Have you, your firm or family been cheated or injured by Shell?”

  1. #1 Anthony James McNally
    on Sep 22nd, 2019 at 15:23

    Hello John,
    I have sent this appeal to Shell, and ‘The UK Criminal Injuries Board‘ and to the Naval recruitment section, Shell UK, over 12 months now seeking an apology/settlement. I have not received any reply from Shell, but the C.I.B. encouraged me to seek alternative ways to hold them to account. I am living on a shoestring in Thailand.
    Incident; Attempted murder on board. Ongoing Trauma ever since.
    I was employed on board ship after studying for 6 months at Liverpool Nautical Catering College. SS. Hemitrochious or perhaps the SS.Hinnities in1970/1.
    I was 16 years of age, my first job after leaving school. I was a catering boy. I worked hard and diligently and I was the junior on board. There were 2 Middle Eastern deckhands in the cabin next to mine, they were both dead the next day, they had been murdered. I was traumatized. During the course of my employment, I was wary/scared of leaving my cabin door unlocked as it was the order from the Captain after the two bodies were found, all cabin doors had to remain unlocked. Shortly afterwards there was an incident on board. After loading goods for the bond, some items were stolen by two stewards, Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxx and Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx. You may wonder why I can remember their names after such a long time.
    The Chief Steward Mr. ( Smith?) I’m not too sure but I am sure you will have records, as he blamed me and told me if I didn’t find out who the perpetrators were I would pay a penalty. The Chief Steward was a homosexual who had approached me and intimidated me.
    I considered my options and did the right thing and exposed the two above aforementioned thieves. It was a situation where I had no choice, They had stolen some cans of beer, ( I was 15/16 ) I did not like beer. Had I took the blame, I would have forfeited the cost which was almost my monthly wage. It was the biggest mistake that very nearly cost my life.
    Two days later I was asleep in my unlocked cabin and was awoken violently by Jenkins and Proctor who were beating me violently in the cabin with no lights, I was 16 years old, 9 stone, pitch dark room two heavyweights beating me violently and using chair legs as weapons, they were drunk on their ill-gotten drinks, In my sober condition although terrified and screaming, with no help from anyone by the grace of God I managed to escape. I ran and ran as fast as my bruised legs and body could carry me, I arrived on ‘The Bridge’ to the shock and horror of the Captain and the mates, I was immediately ushered to the Pilot’s Cabin. I was dithering and shaking in shock. I was not totally safe, Proctor and Jenkins were trying to get into the pilot’s cabin, they were looking through the portholes and trying to open the door lock, I was still terrified, hiding under a table. I received NO contact/assistance from the Captain or anyone on board till 3 pm the next afternoon, NO FOOD, DRINK, COMPASSION OR MEDICAL TREATMENT 18 hours, alone, in shock. shaking and disorientated, my long hair was missing, I was battered and traumatized and 16 years old. I was eventually cared for upon arrival of The British Consul from the Embassy in Curacao. He assisted me in a hotel refuge for 2 weeks before I was boarded on a ship back home.
    My doctors have diagnosed me with alcoholism, recorded since 1988. I underwent a programme, suggested by my wife and two daughters (why I need drink to sleep?) I cannot sleep, I drink alone, I cannot keep a relationship in my condition and feel that if the chief Steward had had not pressurized me, the Captain would have not made a rule to keep doors unlocked and would have provided some aftercare, I would not be in this ongoing state of Post Trauma. I would appreciate your kind investigation of this recorded incident. I was returned home via the SS. Asprella as a ‘Distressed British Seaman”. I am not as wealthy as I should be, I have no savings because of my necessity to drink, I would be grateful for your considered ‘out of court’ compensation settlement. I now await my ‘State Pension’ to survive, which has been put back 2 years, I am not eligible till I am 67. I need help!
    Respectably yours,
    Anthony James McNally. 12/05/1955. N.I. # YX-xx-xx-x x

    Comment ends

    Please note that for legal reasons two names and a National Insurance number have been redacted by John Donovan.

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