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Exxon Mobil Must Defend Climate Change Suit in State Court

Sept. 6, 2019, 1:19 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Suncor Energy Inc. will have to defend Boulder, Colo.'s climate change suit in state court, the District of Colorado ruled.

The city and county of Boulder and the County of San Miguel, Colo., seek to recover damages under state law for the companies’ alleged role in “causing, contributing to and exacerbating climate change.”

The court rejected the companies’ argument that the case belongs in federal court because it requires a determination whether the benefits of fossil fuel use outweigh its costs not just in Colorado, but on a global scale.

Under the “well-pleaded complaint rule,” federal ...

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