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Businesses Brace for More Climate Cases After Ruling on Shell Emissions

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Businesses Brace for More Climate Cases After Ruling on Shell Emissions

By Benoit Faucon, Sarah McFarlane and Laura Kusisto: June 6, 2021 9:04 am ET

A court decision ordering Royal Dutch Shell PLC to cut its carbon emissions has emboldened litigants in similar cases, including two that could have big implications for Exxon Mobil Corp. and French oil giant Total.

Shell’s defeat comes as oil-and-gas companies face growing scrutiny over their emissions from activists, governments and investors, and adds momentum to other climate-related suits where the legal system or arguments are similar, plaintiffs and legal experts said.

Other cases using similar arguments to target oil companies have faced setbacks, however, while some lawyers and analysts think Shell could successfully appeal the decision and question the court’s jurisdiction over the company’s global strategy.

Shell has said it plans to appeal the verdict, a process that could take years.

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