Dutch court agrees to hear suit of Nigerian farmers seeking compensation from Shell oil

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch court has agreed to hear suits filed by four Nigerian men who allege that Royal Dutch Shell was negligent in cleaning up a 2005 oil spill that damaged their farms and fisheries.
Shell had argued the Hague District Court should not have jurisdiction over the matter, since the alleged damages were caused by a company which is majority-owned by the Nigerian government and subject to Nigerian law.
Shell has a 30 per cent stake in the subsidiary, the Shell Petroleum Development Company.
The men, supported by Friends of the Earth, said they turned to Dutch courts because it was impossible to get a fair hearing in Nigeria.
Shell said it was disappointed by Wednesday's ruling, while the environmental organization said it was pleased.

Organizations: Royal Dutch Shell, The Hague District Court, Shell Petroleum Development Company Friends of the Earth

Geographic location: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nigeria

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