U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Motion to Remand Climate Change Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected motions by multinational energy companies to halt a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore seeking relief for the companies’ roles regarding climate change, The New York Times reports. The move comes after a request by the Counsel for National Association of Manufacturers — which represents the 26 companies named as defendants — to block the state court lawsuit and have it moved to federal court. The companies maintain that the current venue will subject them to needless litigation expenses, and that the plaintiffs will have an advantage in state court. The city responded that associated costs do not amount to an irreparable injury that would warrant a stay of proceedings. The Supreme Court’s brief order shows no reason for the denial.

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