4th Circ. Nudges Climate Torts Toward High Court Review

Law360 (March 6, 2020, 9:56 PM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit pushed climate-change tort litigation closer to the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep when it ruled Friday that Baltimore's suit seeking global warming-related infrastructure damages from fossil fuel companies belongs in state court.

The Fourth Circuit is the first federal appeals court to decide whether climate torts against Chevron Corp., ExxonMobil Corp. and other oil companies can be sustained under state law. The panel's unanimous rejection of the fuel companies' arguments that Baltimore's case should be kept in federal court is a victory for states, counties and cities that have brought similar suits.

Now, four other circuit courts that are...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!