By Karen Savage
A climate liability lawsuit filed by the city and county of Honolulu will proceed, a federal judge ruled Friday, overturning his own order to pause the case.
The case was filed in state court by the city and county of Honolulu against Aloha Petroleum, BHP Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, and Shell in March, but was moved to federal court the following month.
It has been on hold since May, when the companies convinced U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson to pause the proceedings. The companies argued that a delay would allow the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to weigh in on whether dozens of these suits filed across the country should be heard in state courts, where almost all were filed, or federal courts, where the fossil fuel companies think they have a better chance of shaking them.
The Supreme Court has not indicated whether it will consider this question and Watson said he now believes it is unlikely to, so he decided against continuing the stay.[Read more…]