"Oil Giants Fight Climate Deception Suit at Hawaii Supreme Court"

"Oil companies including Sunoco LP, Chevron Corp., and Exxon Mobil Corp. urged justices to dismiss a climate lawsuit they say falls outside of the scope of local law during oral arguments Thursday at the Hawaii Supreme Court.

The companies met lawyers for the city and county of Honolulu for a hearing in City and County of Honolulu vs. Sunoco, a climate deception case that could be the first of its kind to reach trial in state court.

The lawsuit is one of many similar cases the energy industry is fighting nationwide using state laws to hold companies accountable for alleged deception to consumers about their products’ influence on climate change.

Energy attorneys have been trying to argue that the cases are preempted by federal laws and don’t belong in state courts, but Honolulu’s case is getting closer to what could be a potentially landmark trial around oil and gas climate statements."

Jennifer Hijazi reports for Bloomberg Environment August 18, 2023.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 08/22/2023