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VII​​. Pending Litigation

She's on a Mission From God: Suing Big Oil for Climate Dama

July 19, 2023

D. Gelles (New York Times)

Missy Sims carefully picked her way through a field of ruined tombs in central Puerto Rico, in a cemetery where walls of water from Hurricane Maria had smashed open some coffins and sent others careering into a nearby stream. Six years later, the burial place in Lares, where more than 1,700 graves were damaged, is still shattered.
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- Complaints -

Three Predictions for Climate Litigation in 2023

January 2023

L. Merner, Union of Concerned Scientists

Dr. Merner is the Lead Scientist for the Science Hub for Climate Litigation. She has providee timely, scientific evidence to support legal cases that hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate-related damages.
In this blog she predicts 2023.
1. Climate Litigation cases will start to be heard.
2. We will see new and exciting legal approaches to accountability across the globe.
3. Advances in science will strengthen existing and inform new cases.
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In Montana, It’s Youth vs. the State in a Landmark Climate Case

March 2023

M. Maon (New York Times)

Filed a lawsuit against the State of Montana claiming the dangerous impacts of fossil fuels and climate crisis is harming them.
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- Puerto Rico -

The Municipalities of Puerto Rico v. Exxon Mobile Corp, Shell PLC, Chevron Corp.

BP Plc, ConocoPhillips, et al

No. 3:22-cv-01550

November 2022

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Exhibit Index

Exhibits 1-15

Exhibits 16-24

Exhibits 25-34

Exhibits 35-39

Exhibits 40-49

- Colorado -

Biden Administration Agrees Landmark Climate Case Against Suncor and Exxon Should Stay in Local Courts

March 2023

City of Boulder

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Biden administration tells Supreme Court Big Oil climate cases belong in state court.

March 2023

C. Mindock. Reuters

A lawsuit filed by several Colorado municipalities accusing ExxonMobil Corp and Suncor Energy Inc. of exacerbating climate change belongs in state court where it was fi led, the Biden administration told the U.S. Supreme.
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Suncor Energy (U.S.A. Inc., et al v. Board of County Commissioners of Boulder Countey, et al.

On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Court.

March 2023

Whether this suit may be removed to federal court on the ground that respondents’ state-law claims should be recharacterized as claims arising under federal common law.
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- Maryland -

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. BP et al. U.S. Court of Appeals. 2022

April 2022

U.S. Court of Appeals; Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. BP, Chevron, CITGO Petroleum, ConoPhillips, Marathon Oil, Shell
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City of Baltimore v. BP et al. Court for Balitimore City. 2018

August 2018

Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. BP, Chevron, Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch, Shell Oil, CITGO Petroleum, ConoPhillips, Phillips 66, Marathon Oil, Shell
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- Minnesota -

State of Minnesota v. American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobile, et al.

March 2023

The state of Minnesota is suing a group of fossil fuel producers (American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobil Corporation, ExxonMobil Oil Corporation, Koch Industries, Flint Hills Resources LP, and Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend) in state court for common law fraud and violations of Minnesota’s consumer protection statutes.
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- New Jersey -

New Jersey v. Exxon et al. Mercer County, New Jersey.

October 2022

New Jersey v Exxon Mobile, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Philips 66, Shell, American Petroleum.
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- Oakland/San Francisco -

North District of California Remand Order San Francisco and Oakland vs Oil Cos

October 2022

City of Oakland, v. BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil.
Order Grating Renewed Motion to Remand
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City of Oakland v. BP. U.S. Court of Appeals. 2020

August 2020

U.S. Court of Appeals. City of Oakland, California v. the Defendants: BP, Chevron, ConoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell

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DRAFT of the Complaint based on the complaint filed in King County.

June 2018

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City of Oakland v BP, et al. San Francisco, California. 2018

April 2018

City of Oakland, California v. the Defendants: BP, Chevron, ConoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell. First Amended Complaint for Public Nuisance
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California v. BP et al. San Francisco County Court. 2017

September 2017

Complaint for Public Nuisance. State of California v. the Defendants: BP, Chevron, ConoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch Shell
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City of Oakland v. BP p.l.c.

Public nuisance actions brought by City of Oakland and City of San Francisco against fossil fuel companies.


Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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- Washington -

King County v. BP et al. King County, Washington.

May 2018

King County v the Defendants: BP, Chevron, ConoPhillips, Exxon Mobile, Royal Dutch
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