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Dutch court rejects Nigerians' suit against Shell

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A Dutch court on Wednesday rejected a bid by Nigerian farmers to hold Shell responsible for oil damage to their villages, in a case that environmental groups had hoped would set a precedent for global corporate responsibility. 

File picture taken on October 11, 2012 shows four Nigerian farmers (L-R) Alali Efanga, Friday Alfred Akpan-Ikot Ada Udo, Chief Fidelis A. Oguru Oruma and Eric Dooh in court in The Hague. The court on Wednesday rejected a bid by the farmers to hold Shell responsible for oil damage to their villages, in a case environmental groups had hoped would set a precedent for global corporate responsibility.

Instead, The Hague district court ruled that Anglo-Dutch Shell's parent company could not be held responsible for the pollution, as only subsidiary Shell Nigeria was responsible for one oil leak.

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