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In Nigeria Oil Case Featuring Bid To Seal Documents Now Supreme Court Ford Case Cited

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 6 – In the ongoing Nigerian oil case of Statoil versus NNPC which Inner City Press has covered long before the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 20, 2020 there was an oral argument before which a slew of documents were sought to be sealed. 

  Among those are minutes of a meeting in Houston, Texas and the compensation of NNPC officials. Before, in person, they asked to have the courtroom sealed.

Now it is documents.

U.S. District for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman to his credit previously pushed back at sealing his courtroom, to Inner City Press, and his telephone conference on April 20 was open to the Press. We asked: but will the documents be?

  Now a year later on April 6, 2021, counsel to Statoil (Nigeria) and Texaco Nigeria has written to Judge Berman to formally raise the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court, 141 S. Ct. 1017 (2021) - in which Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas concurred (the latter two mocking the majority's defective duck decoy hypothetical), and Justice Barret took no part. They say it is relevant to the motion to dismiss.

The case is Statoil (Nigeria) Limited, et al., v. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, 18-cv-2392 (Berman).


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