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Litigation and controversy involving Shell Global Security Chief James W.D. Hall

By John Donovan

The falling out of Hall & Oaks…

This article is about litigation and controversy involving the head of Shell Global Corporate Affairs Security, James W.D. Hall and a succession of his accusers, starting with the Security Manager for Shell Oil Company, Crockett Oaks III. 

The lawyers involved in the litigation have gone to great lengths to keep certain information from reaching the public, Shell shareholders and Shell employees.

So much for Shell directors solemn pledge of openness and honesty in all of Shell’s dealings. Apparently, that does not apply to court proceedings. Shell is more interested in maintaining confidentiality about high-level skullduggery. I think it’s called a cover-up. 

Exhibit A 31 July 2020

Agreed Protective Order 4 August 2020

It has become evident from the court papers that this website has already become drawn into the litigation.

I will therefore update the index below with further developments, with links to more legal documents as they emerge. 

INDEX

Hiring dispute brings second lawsuit against Shell: Houston Chronicle: 5 July 2017

Spectacular falling out of ‘Security Professionals’ at the top of Shell: Latest News 19 Jan 2017

Shell sues former head of security for threatening to reveal secrets: Houston Chronicle: 6 April 2017

Shell, Ex-Security Head Ask Court To Toss Retaliation Suit: LAW360: 11 April 2017

SHELL’S TOP SPOOKS AT WAR WITH EACH OTHER: 17 August 2017

Lawsuits involving James W.D. Hall, Head of Royal Dutch Shell Global Corporate Security: 11 June 2019

Damaging leak involving Shell VP James WD Hall, until recently Head of Shell Global Security: 8 Sept 2021

Shell’s jab or be sacked dilemma: 10 Sept 2021

Allegations and Litigation Relating to Spymasters in Shell’s Corporate Security Department: 18 November 2021

Vicious Infighting at the top of Shell Corporate Security: 22 Dec 2021

DISCRIMINATION BY SHELL AGAINST A SENIOR SHELL SECURITY MANAGER, MR WALIED SHATER: 22 Dec 2021

COURT DOCUMENTS

Oliveri v Shell Doc1: 65 Pages Compressed File: COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0541−18567783) filed by Michael G Oliveri. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/27/2017)

oaks1: 80-page PLAINTIFF’S SWORN ORIGINAL COMPLAINT

oaks2: 2 pages: SUMMONS IN A CIVIL ACTION: Request for Issuance of Summons as to Shell Oil Company, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/27/2017)

oaks3: one page: ORDER FOR CONFERENCE AND DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTED PARTIES

OliveriDoc3: 2 Pages: ORDER for Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and Order to Disclose Interested Persons. Initial Conference set for 10/6/2017 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 8C before Judge Alfred H Bennett. (Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett) Parties notified.(ShoshanaArnowadi, 4) (Entered: 06/28/2017)

oaks42 pages: PLAINTIFF’S CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES by Michael G Oliveri, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/30/2017)

oaks5: 4 pages: JOINT MOTION TO DISMISS

OliveriDoc5: 3 Pages: RETURN of Service of SUMMONS Executed as to Shell Oil Company served on 7/3/2017, answer due 7/24/2017, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 07/21/2017)

oaks6:  One page: JOINT ORDER

RELATED OLIVERI CASE

Doc 1- Michael Oliveri Complaint against Shell Oil Company dated 27 June 2017. 72 pages with lots of revealing high-level Shell internal emails as exhibits.

Oliveri v Shell Doc165 Pages Compressed File: COMPLAINT against All Defendants (Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0541−18567783) filed by Michael G Oliveri. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/27/2017)

OliveriDoc2: 2 pages: Request for Issuance of Summons as to Shell Oil Company, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/27/2017)

OliveriDoc3: 2 Pages: ORDER for Initial Pretrial and Scheduling Conference and Order to Disclose Interested Persons. Initial Conference set for 10/6/2017 at 09:30 AM in Courtroom 8C before Judge Alfred H Bennett. (Signed by Judge Alfred H Bennett) Parties notified.(ShoshanaArnowadi, 4) (Entered: 06/28/2017)

OliveriDoc4: 2 Pages: CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PARTIES by Michael G Oliveri, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 06/30/2017)

OliveriDoc5: 3 Pages: RETURN of Service of SUMMONS Executed as to Shell Oil Company served on 7/3/2017, answer due 7/24/2017, filed.(Oberti, Mark) (Entered: 07/21/2017)

Court Order on Oliveri Case 15 Jan 2019

Document 11-1 Filed on 10/26/17 (Exhibit 1)

10:26:17 Exhibit 2

10:26:17 Exhibit 3

10:26:17 Exhibit 4

10.26.17 Exhibit 5

10.26.17 Exhibit 6

10.26.17 Exhibit 7

10.26.17 Exhibit 8

10.26.17 Exhibit 9

10.26.17 Exhibit 10

Court Order dated 08 FEB 2019 following out of court settlement between Plaintiff  Michael G. Oliveri and Defendant Shell Oil Company. (It is assumed Plaintiff received a very substantial settlement from Shell? If Shell states otherwise, that information will be added here)

Protective Order

Exhibit A 31 July 2020

Agreed Protective Order 4 August 2020

CURRENT/FORMER SHELL PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE CASE, AS INDICATED IN COURT DOCS

Bruce Culpepper, Shell’s then US Country Chairman and Shell Oil Company President

James W.D. Hall, Vice President of Corporate Security, located at Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Global Headquarters in the Netherlands.

Crocket Oaks III, then Regional Security Manager – Americas, Shell Oil Company

Michael Oliveri, Shell Security Advisor US (Briefly)

Ronan Cassidy, Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Scott Ballard, ShellExecutive Vice President, Human Resources, U.S. Operation

Allison McNeil, Head of Shell’s Business Integrity Department

Jasper Smidtman, an Investigator in the Business Integrity Department in Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Global Headquarters

Billy J Powell, Manager, Shell Americas Emergency Management

Phil Smith, Shell’s GM – Emergency Management & Deepwater Regulatory

Bob Schoen, Country Security Manager

Pete Lininger (Downstream Security Manager Americas)

Dana Croft, Shell Policy Team Lead Domestic – U.S. HR.

Erica Slain, an HR Manager

Rob Ream, former Shell Regional Security Manager – Americas

John Parsons, Shell’s in-house lawyer

Dan Jones, a Shell Corporate Security member from Europe

Steven France, Regional Recruitment Manager, Americas

Klara Smits (HR Account Manager for ER, ICNCS

Kathy Long, a recruiter with Shell’s HR Department

Ma. Eunice Guevarra, Single Focal Point Hiring (US Operations Shell Business Operation – Manila

Andrew Maynor, Shell’s HR Account Manager

Thomas Hutt, Candidate given job as Shell Security Advisor Americas

Leanne Geale, Shell Ethics and Compliance Officer, Houston

Derek Newberry, SERC-UAS

Phillip B Smith, SERC -UAS/R

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