April 17, 2013 / 3:41 PM / 5 years ago

U.S. high court rules for Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria rights case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday said federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear lawsuits against foreign corporations accused of aiding in human rights abuses abroad.

A Shell logo is seen at a petrol station in London January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

In one of its biggest human rights cases in years, the justices ruled unanimously that a court in New York could not hear claims made by 12 Nigerians who accused Anglo-Dutch oil company Royal Dutch Shell Plc of complicity in a violent crackdown on protesters from 1992 to 1995.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Vicki Allen

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