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Exxon Urges Tenth Circuit to Bump Climate Case From State Docket

Nov. 19, 2019, 4:58 PM

Exxon Mobil Corp. and other energy companies say state courts have no business hearing high-profile climate cases from local governments that want to hold the industry liable for the impacts of climate change.

In a Nov. 18 brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Exxon, Suncor Energy Inc., and its affiliates argued that a lawsuit from Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County involves issues “of uniquely national importance” that don’t belong in state court.

The companies’ broader arguments have become familiar in the ongoing legal debate over which courts have jurisdiction over climate liability cases...

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