UK appeal court prevents Nigerian communities from pursuing Shell spill claim in England

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The Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria’s Delta region, Reuters reports.

The split decision upheld a High Court ruling last year that was a setback to attempts for Nigerian communities to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries’ actions abroad.

The court rejected the appeal from law firm Leigh Day on behalf of Nigeria’s Bille and Ogale communities, upholding the earlier ruling that English courts do not have jurisdiction over claims against Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary.