Bloomberg Law
Jan. 19, 2021, 6:08 PMUpdated: Jan. 19, 2021, 7:00 PM

Supreme Court Open to Oil Industry’s Stance in Climate Case (1)

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared open to the oil industry’s arguments in a high-stakes procedural spat that will set the course for climate litigation across the country.

The closely watched climate case, BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, centers on a technical question: What’s the proper scope of appellate review in certain disputes over federal-versus-state court venue? The outcome will affect more than a dozen other high-stakes cases pending across the country.

“I think this is a close call, this case,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh said midway through Tuesday’s arguments.

Kavanaugh and others expressed concern that oil ...

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