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Shell abandons push for oil spill case to be heard in Nigeria

The supermajor ceases efforts to bring a lawsuit over an oil spill in Nigeria to local courts rather than have it heard in the UK, which could force Shell to release additional documents on the activities of its Nigerian subsidiary.

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc has abandoned its final attempt to argue that a major lawsuit brought by thousands of Nigerians over an oil spill in the West African country should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

Shell’s legal team declined to return to England’s High Court with arguments that the five-year-old case would be better heard in Nigeria, according to the parties in the case, conceding that the Nigerian subsidiary will now be joined to claims made in England against the parent company.

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