Royal Dutch Shell has agreed a $15.5m (£9.7m) out-of-court settlement in a case accusing it of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria.
It was brought by relatives of nine anti-oil campaigners, including author Ken Saro-Wiwa, who were hanged in 1995 by Nigeria’s then military rulers.
The oil giant strongly denies any wrongdoing and says the payment is part of a “process of reconciliation”.
Human rights experts around the world generally agree that Shell was in fact involved in the killing of these people.
The trial was about to start next week. As a trial judge once said to me: “Usually, the plaintiff or the defendant folds when they get a look at the jury and the reality that they are looking for the facts and that a judgement will happen sinks in.” (Or words to that effect.)