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A landmark lawsuit against Big Oil is back from the dead

Posted On: 28 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

Zombies can rise from the dead and apparently climate lawsuits can, too. On Tuesday, a federal court breathed new life into a lawsuit by Californian cities against Big Oil.
The powerful Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has jurisdiction over almost the entire American West, Alaska, and Hawaii, found that the lawsuit brought by San Francisco and Oakland had been incorrectly moved from state to federal court before it was dismissed back in 2018.
The cities claimed that ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and other fossil fuel companies knew about climate change for decades and sued the oil giants for financial support to create an “abatement fund” that would help pay for sea walls and other infrastructure projects.
Judge William Alsup shot down that case two years ago, saying that the courts were not the right place to adjudicate the global problem of climate change. (That's after he requested an unusual and entertaining “climate tutorial,” bringing in experts from around the world to educate the...

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