The Shell-Nigeria Verdict

You can follow the court case against Shell in this timeline, enriched with our articles on fairplanet. Source: press releases milieudefensie and fairplanet

2008-11-05 00:00:00

Nigerians pursue legal case against Shell

Four Nigerians and Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) today initiated a unique legal case. For the first time in history, the international headquarters of Shell in the Netherlands will be brought before a Dutch court to account for environmental damage caused abroad. The Nigerian plaintiffs – farmers and fishers – have suffered great losses due to oil leaks caused by Shell’s oil production. On Friday, 7 November, Liesbeth Zegveld, lawyer for the Nigerians and Milieudefensie, will subpoena Shell, accused of negligence.

2009-12-30 00:00:00

Shell Nigeria ordered to appear before the Dutch court

On 3 December, Shell argued in court that the Dutch court was not competent to rule on Shell Nigeria. Now that Shell has been defeated on this point, this hurdle has been passed and the ‘real’ case can begin.

2011-08-04 00:00:00

UNEP report exposes Shell's failings in Nigeria

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, presented to the Nigerian government on 4 August, offers an appalling picture of the consequences of Shell’s business practices in Nigeria.

2011-09-14 21:46:30

Milieudefensie and Nigerian farmers not permitted to get the truth about Shell

The court in The Hague has today decided not to grant Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and the Nigerian farmers access to internal Shell documents which could shed more light on the circumstances surrounding leaks from Shell pipelines in Nigeria and the involvement of the Shell parent company in the Netherlands.

2011-10-11 21:46:30

Nigerian farmers bringing Shell to justice

This court case could go down in history as one of the first rulings to hold a giant multinational accountable for its actions overseas.

2011-10-11 21:46:30

Court date Milieudefensie vs. Shell

The court in The Hague has decided that an open sitting in Milieudefensie’s Nigeria case will be held on 11 October 2012, 9:30 a.m.

2012-04-13 00:00:00

Shell oil leaks reach new peak; Nigeria hit hard

Shell has released its 2011 Sustainability Report. The figures reveal that the number of leaks (208 worldwide) has risen for the first time since 2003: globally, Shell has leaked a total of 6.7 million litres of oil.

2012-05-08 00:00:00

International campaign: Shell's oil disaster in Nigeria is 'Worse than Bad'

How much worse does the biggest oil disaster in the world have to get before the offender starts cleaning up? Apparently even worse than it is now, because Shell has still taken no action.

2013-05-12 00:00:00

Armed resistance in the Niger Delta

"I fish every day to feed my children. I fished all weekend but there are no fish, so I can't raise my children... So I'll drop this net and pick up the knife... so that they remember us in this bush where we live and where they drill our oil."

2013-09-10 00:00:00

New evidence points to liability of Shell Netherlands for environmental devastation Nigeria

The lawyers of four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), who are pressing charges against Shell over the oil pollution in three villages in the Niger Delta, have obtained confidential records that shed new light on the working methods of the Shell oil company.

2014-07-09 00:00:00

LEGO wants your kid to love Shell

There are no oil rigs, no industrial shipping and no politicians fighting over it. What they not telling them is how it’s also helping Shell to threaten this beautiful and fragile place.

2014-08-04 07:40:19

Nigerian Government and Shell continue to ignore horrendous pollution in Niger Delta

The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful” by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today.

2014-11-14 07:40:19

Shell's false claims on Nigeria oil spills

Court documents revealed by Amnesty International today expose the fact that Shell has repeatedly made false claims about the size and impact of two major oil spills at Bodo in Nigeria in an attempt to minimize its compensation payments.

2014-11-17 07:40:19

Shell lied to Dutch court about oil pollution in Nigeria

Shell did not tell the truth to the court in The Hague in the legal action brought by Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers.

2015-03-06 07:40:19

New evidence in legal case involving Shell oil spills in Nigeria

Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers will present additional evidence to the Court of Appeal in The Hague in their ongoing legal case against Shell.

2015-03-27 07:40:19

Verdict on first phase of the Milieudefensie and Nigerians vs. Shell appeal due on 14 July

On 14 July 2015, the Dutch court will rule on the first phase of the appeal in the legal case of Milieudefensie [Friends of the Earth Netherlands] and four Nigerian farmers versus Shell.

2015-08-01 00:00:00


Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet is on the move. The drillship, Noble Discoverer and the oil rig Polar Pioneer are on their way to the Alaskan Arctic via Seattle. We aren’t going to allow them to slip into the far north unnoticed.

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