Shell in new legal dispute after many years of oil spills

Thousands of Nigerians are taking Shell to the UK Supreme Court after the company's long involvement in oil spills off the African coast. Shell holds that the case should be tried in Nigeria.

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Shell is going to the UK Supreme Court, accused of having spilled oil nearly 5,000 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria. Thousands of Nigerians from the areas Ogale and Bille are behind the lawsuit, writes Bloomberg News.

The case is one of principle, as it on the whole pertains to what responsibility a global oil company has for the environmental consequences it imposes on developing countries around the world. But the question is whether the case should be tried in the UK or Nigeria.

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