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California Climate Cases Head to Pivotal Hearing: Here Is What Could Happen

May 23, 2018 by Emily Jackson

(Source: Climate Liability News) The hearing set for Thursday before U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup on a motion to dismiss two climate liability lawsuits may mark a turning point in the suits brought by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against the country’s five largest fossil fuel producers—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. If the cases go forward, they will be the first of their kind to survive such a motion. Alsup has several alternatives. He could dismiss the cases, sending them into a complicated appeal route, either to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or finding a path back to state court. He could order they proceed to trial, which would be a landmark step for climate liability lawsuits. Or Alsup could allow San Francisco and Oakland to amend their complaints to keep the cases alive. Read full article

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