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Baltimore Climate Case Against Oil Giants Sent Back to State (2)

April 7, 2022, 3:40 PMUpdated: April 7, 2022, 7:02 PM

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.

But after re-hearing industry arguments that the case raises major climate issues for federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held firm that the case belongs under the purview of state court where Baltimore originally filed ...