In Setback to Industry, the Ninth Circuit Sends California Climate Liability Cases Back to State Courts

Inside Climate News: A federal appeals court has delivered a one-two punch to the fossil fuel industry, knocking it back in its fight to stop a series of California lawsuits that seek to hold the industry responsible for damages associated with climate change.

The industry setbacks came in two rulings handed down Tuesday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. One denied requests by defendants that include Chevron, Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell to have cases filed by three counties and five cities heard in federal court instead of California state courts.

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