July 24, 2019 / 12:16 AM / a month ago

Judge moves Rhode Island climate-change lawsuit to state court

A federal judge ruled on Monday ruled that 21 oil and gas companies including Shell and Exxonmobil will have to defend themselves against a climate change lawsuit by Rhode Island in state court, where the state is more hopeful of winning.

The oil companies had moved the case to federal court in Providence from a state court last July, but U.S. District Judge William Smith on Monday said federal courts have no jurisdiction over the case because it involves only state law claims.

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