Calif. Climate Suits Sent Back To State Court In Fed Split

By Keith Goldberg (March 16, 2018, 8:16 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Friday sent back to state court climate change torts lodged by a trio of municipalities against dozens of oil, gas and coal companies, creating a split with another judge who's said similar suits filed by San Francisco and Oakland belong in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria rejected the bid by Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and other fossil fuel producers to keep the suits lodged by Marin and San Mateo counties and the city of Imperial Beach, California, in federal court. The suits assert state law public nuisance, trespass and negligent failure to warn claims...

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