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Connecticut v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20098
Nos. 3:20-cv-1555 (JCH), (D. Conn., 06/02/2021) (Hall, J.)

A district court remanded to state court a climate liability lawsuit brought by the state of Connecticut against an oil company. Connecticut sued the company in state court, asserting eight claims under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. The company removed the suit to federal court based on federal common law, Grable doctrine, federal officer removal, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, federal enclave jurisdiction, and diversity jurisdiction grounds. The state moved to remand the suit back to state court. The court concluded that the company failed to show any of these grounds justified removal, and therefore granted Connecticut's motion to remand.