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Key Takeaways from the SCOTUS Baltimore Climate Case Hearing

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Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the City of Baltimore’s climate litigation case went as both parties expected –  focused on an arcane procedural rule. The Supreme Court justices raised an array of questions, delving into the procedural questions at hand as well as the broader questions of the underlying case.

In the end, one justice called the case a “close call,” while a legal expert speculated that the outcome could have a “blockbuster” result. But perhaps most notably, as Bloomberg Law reported, the “U.S. Supreme Court appeared open to the oil industry’s arguments in a high-stakes procedural spat that will set the course for climate litigation across the country.” (emphasis added)

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