ECBAWM Client Hoboken Defeats Big Oil Companies’ Petition in U.S. Supreme Court

  • May 18, 2023

On May 15, 2023, ECBAWM secured an important victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the City of Hoboken, New Jersey.

In September 2020, Hoboken sued ExxonMobil, several other big oil companies, and the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s largest lobby, to hold them accountable for more than a half-century of deception about climate change, which has led to devastating impacts on Hoboken. The oil company defendants recently filed a petition in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to remove Hoboken’s case from New Jersey state court to federal court. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition. The case will now proceed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision leaves in place an August 2022 decision in Hoboken’s favor by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which affirmed an earlier decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, denying the defendants’ attempt to remove the case to federal court.

ECBAWM attorneys Matthew D. BrinckerhoffJonathan S. AbadyVivake Prasad, and Max Selver, along with Gerald Krovatin of Krovatin Nau LLC, represent the City of Hoboken.

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“In Another Win for NJ, Delaware, SCOTUS Won’t Hear Arguments on Climate Change Case Jurisdiction,” The National Law Journal
“Justices Turn Away Another Climate Change Suit Forum Fight,” Law360
“Supreme Court tosses 2 more Big Oil requests,” Politico / Greenwire