Supreme Court takes up energy companies’ appeal over Baltimore climate lawsuit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal from energy companies such as BP PLC BP.L, Chevron Corp CVX.N, Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N and Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDSa. L challenging a lawsuit brought by the city of Baltimore seeks damages for the impact of global climate change.

Judges will assess whether the lawsuit should be heard in state court as the city prefers or in federal court, which corporate defendants generally view as a more favorable venue. The lawsuit targets 21 US and foreign energy companies that extract, produce, distribute or sell fossil fuels.

The result could affect a dozen similar lawsuits filed by U.S. states, cities and counties, including Rhode Island and New York, seeking to hold those companies accountable for the impact of climate change.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Edited by Will Dunham

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-03 04:46:10.

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