Climate Change Litigation

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King County, WA Files Suit Against Big Oil for Climate Impacts

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.25.2018


King County, Wash., which encompasses the metropolitan area of Seattle, filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies on Wednesday, joining a growing list of cities and counties seeking to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the impacts of climate change.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.    The new lawsuit, filed […]


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Scientific Proof Attributing Extreme Weather to Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.02.2018


The emerging science, that is increasingly able to determine how much of an extreme weather event is attributable to climate change, may drive growth in climate liability suits, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.    The paper, by […]


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Kids are Suing Gov. Rick Scott to Force Florida to Take Action on Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.18.2018


Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord.   Read the entire article […]


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Youth Climate Case Vs. U.S. Government Will Head to Trial in October

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.12.2018


On October 29, 21 young people suing the federal government for violating their constitutional right to a safe climate will finally have their day in court.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.   The date was decided Thursday at a conference in Eugene, Ore., between attorneys for both sides and Magistrate Judge Thomas […]


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Chevron Set a Legal Precedent by Agreeing in Court that Humans Cause Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.08.2018


A federal judge at the US District Court for the Northern District of California held a five-hour tutorial to lay the scientific foundation for two lawsuits against the five biggest oil companies in the world.   Read the entire article at Vox.   The plaintiffs, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, brought three world-renowned climate […]


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Climate Tutorial Ordered by Judge Adds Fascinating Wrinkle to Liability Case

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.18.2018


U.S. District Judge William Alsup scheduled a climate science tutorial, a five-hour hearing during which lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the defendants will present information on the current state of climate science. Alsup also presented eight questions he wants both sides to answer on March 21, including the mechanisms that trap carbon dioxide in the […]


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International Court Ruling: Safe Climate a Human Right

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.16.2018


The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has issued a landmark opinion that equates environmental protection with human rights, a conclusion that could force countries in Latin American and beyond to tackle climate change more aggressively. The advisory opinion represents the first time the Inter-American Court has recognized a fundamental right to a healthy environment, a concept […]


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Climate Liability Suits Gained Traction in 2017 with Bigger Goals Ahead

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.19.2018


A look back at the major legal cases of 2017 reveals a trend toward courts as a vocal arbiter in how governments and corporate giants address climate change. Around the world, judges have shown a strong interest in hearing arguments that government officials and business leaders are responsible for global warming and need to reduce […]


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Courts are Waking Up to the Costs of Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.20.2017


  When considering the costs and benefits of a fossil fuel project, how much consideration should be given to the project’s eventual contribution to climate change-causing carbon emissions?   Read the entire article at ThinkProgress.   That’s a question that has plagued regulators, environmental groups, and courts for years. But in a single month this year, […]


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U.S. Courts Taking Climate Change Seriously

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 10.16.2017


  Read the entire article at The Hartford Courant.    The third branch of the federal government, the appointed judicial branch, is finally getting serious about climate science. No longer can the elected executive branch and the elected legislative branches cave in to popular pressure to avoid the inconvenient truth that climate change adaptations will be […]


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