Rivers communities take Shell to British court

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Aside the damage already inflicted on its platform by Niger Delta militants, Shell Petroleum has been dragged to British court by two communities in the region.

London law firm Leigh Day is handling the cases after it won a landmark agreement from Shell to pay $83.5 million in compensation to the Bodo community for damage caused by oil spills in 2008 and 2009.

"If the Claimants' lawyers are correct as to the existence of this novel duty of care, (Shell) and many other parents of multinational groups will be liable to the many hundreds of millions of people around the world with whom their subsidiaries come into contact in the ordinary course of their various operations," the company said in its court argument.

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