Baltimore’s legal effort to hold fossil fuel producers liable for climate change can proceed in the state court where it was filed, a panel of judges ruled Friday in a blow to companies facing climate litigation across the country.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit sided with Baltimore in the latest stage of its lawsuit against BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., and other multinational energy companies—one of a dozen pending cases targeting the industry for its role in rising global temperatures.
Chevron Corp. has already vowed to challenge the decision.
Baltimore says oil and gas companies should cover the costs of raising local streets, enhancing stormwater infrastructure, and making other local investments to address damages linked to climate change. The city and the companies disagree on whether the case belongs in state or federal court.
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