US jury clears Chevron of Nigeria abuses

A federal jury has cleared Chevron Corp. of responsibility for any human rights abuses during a violent protest on a company oil platform in Nigeria a decade ago. Human rights groups had sued the company under a centuries-old law allowing foreigners to file lawsuits in U.S. courts alleging international law violations. Niger Delta villagers injured during the demonstration sued the company in federal court 10 years ago after the Nigerian military killed two protesters who had occupied the platform. Jurors in San Francisco on Monday backed Chevron claims that the Nigerian government was responsible for the violent response.