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US: Shell Nigeria case blow for Alien Tort campaigners

The US Supreme Court has thrown out a case against Shell alleging human rights abuses in Nigeria. The nine justices were unanimous in their view that the use of the Alien Tort Statute was not intended to be applied outside the US.

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UK: Waitrose puts hold on Shell partnership after social media storm

Retailer Waitrose has said it is putting its plans to expand its partnership with Shell on hold, following attacks against the company by environmental campaigners. The company, which goes to great lengths to ensure good practices in its supply chain for food, was planning on opening more shops at Shell petrol stations.

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Nigeria: Shell linked to military abuses in 1990s

Shell funded police actions in Ogoniland that led to human rights abuses, according to court documents recently released. Confidential internal communications suggest that the company paid Nigeria's military to stop protests against its presence.

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Shell amongst firms fined for bribes

Seven companies have been fined $236m to settle charges that they paid bribes to foreign officials for favourable treatment. The companies include Royal Dutch Shell, as well as oil service companies and shipping firms.

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Netherlands: Nigeria case to be heard in Dutch court

A suit brought against oil giant Shell by four Nigerian farmers can be heard in a Dutch court, it has been ruled. Shell had opposed the move, arguing that it court had no authority in the case.

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Nigeria: Shell pays $15.5m to settle Saro-Wiwa suit

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to conclude lawsuits over political executions in Nigeria, including the killing of the environmental protester Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Nigerian government. The plaintiffs had argued that the company was implicated in the killings.

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Netherlands: Shell will compensate shareholders for reserves scandal

The Amsterdam court of appeal has resolved that compensation should be paid out by Royal Dutch Shell to non-US shareholders for the scandal five years ago when the company overstated its oil reserves. The affair saw the removal of Shell's chairman at the time Phil Watts - who was also a leading light with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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US: Shell settles air pollution case

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has settled a claim over air pollution in Houston for $5.8m and a promise to reduce emissions by 80 percent over three years.

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UK: Shell angers campaigners with renewables shift to biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell has said that it is to reduce future investment in solar and wind power to focus its renewable energy activity more on biofuels. The company has said that it is pursuing its priority of giving best returns to shareholders, and returns on other alternatives, even with considerable public subsidy, are not sufficient.

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Greece: BP and Shell fined for anti-competitive behaviour

BP and Shell have been fined around 50m euros for price fixing, according to Greece's Competition Commission.

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Netherlands: Shell faces lawsuit over Nigerian oil spills

Oil major Shell is to face a suit in its home base based on accusations that its operations have led to environmental damage in Nigeria. The suit, which is to be brought by four Nigerian fishermen and farmers along with Friends of the Earth, will focus on activities in the Niger Delta region.

Investors called on to avoid tar fields

Investors have been urged to avoid controversial projects to extract oil from tar fields after evidence that the process creates up to eight times more carbon emissions than standard oil production, as well as bringing higher environmental costs in other areas such as water use.

UK: Shell pulls from huge wind farm project

Shell has provoked criticism from environmental groups when it announced that it would pull out of a project to build the world's largest wind farm, the London Array scheme. The company said that it wanted to focus on wind power in the US where government incentives offered more competitive returns.

US: Oil firms asked to justify record profits

Senior executives from five of the largest oil companies have been called upon to explain why they should continue to receive tax advantages when profits soared to unprecedented heights during the last year.

Shell calls for government intervention over climate change

Royal Dutch Shell has said there needs to be massive intervention by governments across the world to achieve sufficient reductions in greenhouse gases.

US: Shell sued for refinery pollution in Texas

Shell is facing a federal lawsuit over pollution at its refining and chemical plant along the Houston Ship Channel. The suit, brought by the Sierra Club, seeks a fine of up to $32,500 for each of around 1,000 separate incidents.

Nigeria: Companies face fines for gas flaring

Oil companies operating in Nigeria have attacked government plans for start fining them for gas flaring as focusing on an unrealistic deadline and likely to cause immense economic damage.

European Commission fines companies in rubber cartel

The European Commission has fined five oil and chemical companies for fixing the price of rubber used for tyres, including Italy's Eni which received the largest fine at 272m euros.

Vodafone overtakes BP on Accountability rating

Vodafone has been ranked number one in the annual Accountability Rating - a benchmark that compares a range of companies against a number of accountability measures. The company, which has had troubled times financially, overtakes the oil giants BP and Shell, which become numbers two and three respectively.

Shell says Sakhalin-2 environment concerns have been resolved

Shell has said that concerns from Russia over the environmental impact of its Sakhalin-2 energy project have been "fully and transparently addressed".

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