In Surprise, 8th Circuit Backs State Court Venue For Minnesota Climate Suit

March 24, 2023
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit is agreeing with Minnesota that its climate change nuisance suit against oil companies can proceed in state court rather than industry’s preferred venue of federal court -- countering expectations after the judges appeared skeptical of the state’s position at oral arguments last year. The March 23 opinion in American Petroleum Institute (API), et al. v. Minnesota cites six prior appeals court rulings to note, “Our sister...

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