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Trump Administration Backs Oil Industry in SCOTUS Climate Case

Nov. 23, 2020, 11:31 PM

The Trump administration threw its weight behind oil companies on Monday in a Supreme Court dispute that could affect climate litigation across the country.

In a new amicus brief, Justice Department lawyers urged the high court to side with BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., and others in a highly technical dispute involving appellate review of a jurisdictional fight in Baltimore’s climate case against the industry.

Government lawyers also touched on an underlying debate in the case: whether claims from Baltimore and similar plaintiffs belong in state or federal court.

The amicus brief is the latest example of the administration ...