Energy and chemical companies wanted a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina, but the court said no.
The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed the intensity of Hurricane Katrina.
The lawsuit filed by landowners in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in September 2005 had been dismissed in 2007 and later reinstated. The companies appealed the reinstatement.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 28 that it didn't have a quorum, or majority, of judges available to hear the companies' appeal after many of them recused themselves.