Judge Advances Oakland Coal Ban Lawsuit

Courthouse News Service

A federal judge on Tuesday advanced a lawsuit challenging Oakland’s attempt to use its recent coal ban to block a new shipping facility’s plans to export the product... Chhabria’s order also allowed environmental groups the Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper to intervene as defendants, but denied their own motion to dismiss the lawsuit. As intervenors, the two organizations will be allowed to defend against the developers’ claims, but will not be able to bring counterclaims or cross-claims, or to prevent the suit from being dismissed if Oakland and the developers decide to settle.