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Chevron, Other Oil Majors Lose Bid in San Mateo Climate Lawsuit

April 19, 2022, 5:47 PM

Appellate judges threw a set of California climate cases back to state court on Tuesday, dealing another blow to Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., and other industry giants targeted in climate liability litigation.

After looking at a fuller suite of industry arguments, the panel wasn’t convinced there were any federal issues at the face of the complaints, filed by the County of San Mateo, the County of Marin, and the City of Imperial Beach in 2018.

“Even if the complaints raise federal policy issues that are national and international in scope, implicate foreign affairs and negotiations with other ...