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Reuters February 4, 2011 by  Jonathan Stempel

New York: A US appeals court refused to  consider a lawsuit that accused the Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) of helping Nigerian authorities violently suppress protests against oil exploration in the 1990s. In a divided vote that prompted a bitter debate among some of its judges, the court left intact what some legal experts call a landmark ruling in September that companies cannot be liable in U.S. courts for violations of international human rights law. Read more