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State, Local Climate Cases Face Hurdles Despite Recent Rulings

June 2, 2020, 11:28 AM

State and local governments have a long way to go in their efforts to hold BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., and others liable for the impacts of global temperature rise, even as judges have issued recent momentous decisions in climate-focused lawsuits.

National Campaign: The Ninth Circuit last week delivered two key procedural wins for California cities and counties, and another court recently cleared the path for a similar case from Baltimore. The lawsuits are part of a nationwide campaign by state and local governments to tap oil company coffers to deal with impacts like floods, sea-level rise, and damage to ...