Hawaii Local Gov'ts Say Climate Suit Can't Go To Fed. Court

By Morgan Conley (May 23, 2022, 2:04 PM EDT) -- Hawaii local governments seeking climate change-related damages from energy giants said the Ninth Circuit's recent decision reaffirming that similar claims brought by California localities belong in state court should doom efforts to force the Hawaii lawsuits to play out in a federal forum.

In a letter on Friday, Maui County and the city and county of Honolulu said the Ninth Circuit needn't look any further than its April decision in County of San Mateo v. Chevron Corp. to do away with Chevron, ExxonMobil Corp. and other energy producers' push to keep the Hawaii governments' suits seeking climate change-related infrastructure damages out...

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