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Nigerians bring pollution case against Shell in the Netherlands

Lawsuit could open the door for more plaintiffs to sue multinational companies in their home countries

Four Nigerian villagers taking a stand against Royal Dutch Shell over the alleged pollution of their homelands may end up paving the way for all plaintiffs suing multinational corporations.

The villagers, along with Friends of the Earth, a campaign group, claim that the oil giant polluted the land and water in the Niger Delta. However, they took their case to civil court in The Hague, Netherlands, site of Shell’s global headquarters. This is the first time that a Dutch company has been sued in Dutch court over a foreign subsidiary’s alleged actions.

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