By Karen Savage
A group of fossil fuel companies say they will suffer ‘irremediable harms’ if a group of California climate liability lawsuits is allowed to proceed in state court and have asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its ruling that remanded them there.
The companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell, say they plan to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in and said they could be “forced to incur substantial burden and expense” litigating the cases should they be allowed to proceed in state court before the question of jurisdiction is fully settled.
“Those harms will be irremediable” if the Supreme Court ultimately decides that the cases belong in federal court, the companies said in a motion filed Monday.
The Ninth Circuit last week rejected a request by the companies to reconsider its ruling.
The California cities of Imperial Beach, Richmond, and Santa Cruz, as well as the counties of Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz filed suits in state court in 2017 against Chevron, Exxon, Shell, Citco, ConocoPhillips, Peabody Energy, and more than 30 other fossil fuel companies. The municipalities allege the companies violated state public nuisance laws and are seeking compensation for climate change-related damages.[Read more…]