Federal Court Dismisses NYC's Climate Lawsuit

Federal Court Dismisses NYC's Climate Lawsuit
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A federal judge dismissed New York City's (NYC) lawsuit against five major oil companies to force them to help pay the city's costs of dealing with climate change.

The ruling by Federal Judge John F. Keenan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York marked the second defeat in less than a month for municipal governments seeking to use the courts to address problems allegedly caused by climate change. The first loss came in San Francisco in June when Judge William H. Alsup of the Federal District Court in San Francisco dismissed a similar lawsuit against the same five companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell—in a case brought by Oakland and San Francisco.

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