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SF and Oakland Win Appeal in Multi-Billion Dollar Global Warming Lawsuit Against Big Oil

The most frequently discussed U.S. federal court judge on this particular blog is Judge William Alsup, who’s presided over high-profile cases covering everything from the PG&E bankruptcy to the Google-Uber self-driving car dispute to the Berkeley BART Station homeless encampment suit. One of his high-profile cases you haven’t heard about in awhile is the 2018 climate change lawsuit that San Francisco and Oakland brought against the big five Big Oil companies Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell, arguing that cities and communities who had to protect their seawalls and invest in other climate damage costs were essentially subsidizing the ability of oil companies to do generational damage to the planet.

Alsup tossed that case out of federal court in June of that year, along with a similar case brought by San Mateo, Marin and Santa Cruz Counties, plus cities like Richmond, Santa Cruz, and others in California, saying that climate change was too broad to blame only five companies. But KPIX brought the news Wednesday that the cities and counties won their appeals, and the suits will proceed in a lower court.


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