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Court Order Opens New Front in SCOTUS Climate Showdown (2)

Oct. 7, 2019, 9:44 PMUpdated: Oct. 8, 2019, 12:22 PM

Federal judges won’t pause a high-stakes climate liability case that Rhode Island is pursuing against the oil industry—a decision industry lawyers are fighting at the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Oct. 7 declined a request from Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc, and other oil companies that wanted to halt a lower court’s order allowing Rhode Island to proceed in state court with its claims against the industry.

Within hours of the court’s order, Industry lawyers filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to step in.

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