Dave Newman

Document Type

Litigation Update

Publication Date

Spring 2002


The Nigerian government executed environmental activists Ken Saro-Wiwa and John Kpuinen, along with seven other individuals, on November 10, 1995. members of both Saro-Wiwa and Kpuinen brought suit against the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Shell Transport and Trading Company (“Shell”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. They alleged that Shell was complicit in the deaths of the activists, and in the events that led up to the executions. Following years of procedural delays and numerous attempts at dismissal, Judge Kimba Wood recently found that Shell could be held liable in United States court for actions committed abroad.