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Bloomberg Law: Baltimore climate case against oil giants sent back to state

by Jennifer Hijazi

Baltimore’s climate liability suit against oil companies belongs in state court, an appellate panel ruled Thursday, despite reviewing a fuller suite of industry arguments. The decision comes after the Supreme Court last year granted a petition from BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., and other companies asking that appellate courts re-examine the cases based on a broader array of industry claims…The decision “misses the real issue here,” Manufacturers’ Accountability Project special counsel Phil Goldberg said in a statement. “Baltimore’s case, which the court acknowledges is novel, may be creatively packaged under state law, but the nature of climate change, this litigation and the remedies they seek are all inherently beyond the scope of any state,” he said.

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