Maui Climate Change Lawsuit Against Fossil Fuel Companies Remanded Back to State Court
A federal court ruled that it does not have jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed by Maui County against fossil fuel companies, and remanded the action back to state court.
Federal District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson made the determination yesterday in County of Maui v. Chevron.
The County of Maui filed the lawsuit in Hawaii state court against the fossil fuel companies for costs allegedly associated with the impacts of climate change.
Maui County contends that the suit was filed in state court “because all of the claims stem from state law.” Attorneys for the oil companies had tried to have the Maui case moved to federal court.
Judge Watson’s order explains that the claims the County “elected to pursue in these cases reveal that federal jurisdiction is lacking on the grounds advanced by Defendants,” and there is “no basis for federal jurisdiction.”
In a press release, Mayor Michael Victorino said: