Bloomberg Law
June 2, 2020, 10:01 AM

Climate Cases Poised for Bigger Fights as Courts Clear Hurdles

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Judges have issued momentous decisions in climate-focused lawsuits in recent months, but 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.

A federal appeals court last week delivered two key procedural wins for California cities and counties, allowing them to advance claims against Big Oil for its role in climate change. A court across the country cleared the path for a similar case from the city of Baltimore earlier this year.

The lawsuits are part of ...

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