Troubled Fishermen’s Climate Lawsuit Remains in Federal Court, Judge Rules

A federal judge in California ruled this month that a lawsuit brought by a west coast fishing trade group—with deep ties to the law firm backing numerous climate cases against the oil and gas industry—belongs in federal court.

It was a striking blow for the often-criticized suit brought by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA). In arguments before the court this fall, the judge even called one of their key arguments for remand “frivolous” and “rebuked” the plaintiff’s lawyer for raising it, as POLITICO reported:

“’I can’t really believe that we’re spending time on this,’ Chhabria told association lawyer Katie Jones of San Francisco, rebuking her for insisting that the lawsuit does not amount to a federal class-action case.”

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