Chevron prevails on Nigerian appeal

Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:27pm GMT

* Chevron had won trial on suit brought by villagers

* US torture law doesn't apply to companies-appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Chevron Corp (CVX.N: Quote) successfully beat back an attempt by Nigerian villagers to hold it liable for a deadly clash on an oil platform in Nigeria, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

In 2008 a Northern California jury decided Chevron did not have to pay compensation to a group of plaintiffs for a clash a decade earlier between Nigerian state forces and protesters on Chevron's Parabe oil platform, 9 miles (14 km) off Nigeria's coast. The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals refused on Friday to disturb that verdict, according to its ruling.

The appeals court also found that the Torture Victim Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1992, does not apply to corporations.

The case in the 9th Circuit is Bowoto v. Chevron Corp, 09-15641. (Reporting by Dan Levine, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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