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Nigerians Can’t Sue Shell Units As Group Over Oil Spill

Nigerians Can’t Sue Shell Units As Group Over Oil Spill

Law360, London (August 17, 2020, 4:33 PM BST) — Tens of thousands of Nigerians suing Shell in London over an oil spill will have to pursue their claims as individuals after a judge ruled that their demands for the energy giant to clean up the pollution doomed their chances of proceeding as one group.

Each of the 27,000 Nigerian residents and hundreds of communities must show how the oil spill at the Bonga offshore field, pictured, hit their livelihoods. 

Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith blocked the oil spill proceedings from continuing at the High Court as a representative action against two Royal Dutch Shell subsidiaries.

The Nigerians lacked “the. . .

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