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Baltimore’s Climate Suit Subject to Federal Law, Chevron Says

Sept. 18, 2019, 10:00 PM

Chevron Corp. urged the Fourth Circuit Sept. 18 to keep Baltimore’s climate change suit in federal court, arguing the issues of transboundary air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions necessarily implicate federal law.

The state law tort claims asserted by the Maryland city are collateral attacks on the federal regulatory regime established by the Clean Air Act and therefore belong in federal court, Chevron said in its opening brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The Fourth Circuit isn’t the only federal appeals court facing the question of whether public nuisance lawsuits filed by local governments...

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