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“Boulder Climate Lawsuit Against Exxon, Others Advances”

“Local governments in Colorado can pursue a high-stakes climate lawsuit against the fossil fuel industry in state court, judges ruled Tuesday in a setback for Exxon Mobil Corp. and other companies.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit rejected industry lawyers’ claims that a lawsuit from Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County belongs in federal court.

The ruling is the latest procedural victory for local governments attempting to hold fossil fuel producers liable for local harms linked to climate change.

Federal appellate courts fielding cases from Baltimore and several California municipalities reached similar conclusions earlier this year.”

Ellen M. Gilmer reports for Bloomberg Environment July 7, 2020.