Shell has previously faced legal issues in Nigeria. In 2006, a Nigerian court ordered Shell to pay [JURIST report] $1.5 billion for its role in environmental damages that took place within the country. The ATCA gives US courts statutory authority to hear human rights cases brought against US companies by foreign citizens. In January, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] reversed [JURIST report] a district court opinion, reviving two lawsuits brought by Nigerian families against Pfizer under the ATCA.
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