Climate Litigation

Fossil Fuel Companies Acknowledge Climate Litigation Threatens Their Bottom Line

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.23.2020


Fossil fuel companies facing climate-related litigation are starting to acknowledge in their financial disclosure forms that these legal challenges could harm their business.   Dozens of companies have been named in more than a dozen climate liability lawsuits filed by communities across the country. Those lawsuits seek to recover climate-related damages and attempt to hold […]


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Are Pension Funds in Breach?

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 12.04.2019


Mark McVeigh, a 24-year-old environmental scientist from Australia, won’t be able to access his retirement savings until 2055. But, concerned about what the world may look like then, he’s taking action now, suing his $57 billion pension fund for not adequately disclosing or assessing the impact of climate change on its investments.       The […]


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New Orleans Sues Oil and Gas Companies

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 04.10.2019


The city of New Orleans, which is already experiencing an increase in extreme rainfall events and rising seas due to climate change, is demanding that eleven oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for the damage they’ve done to its coastal wetlands.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.    The city alleges that the […]


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US Judge Halts Drilling Projects in Climate Ruling

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.22.2019


In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered. A US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.   Read the entire article at The Guardian.    Drilling has been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public […]


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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Block Exxon Climate Fraud Investigation

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.24.2019


Massachusetts’ Attorney General is trying to force Exxon to turn over decades of records involving what it knew about climate change and what it told the public. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up ExxonMobil’s latest attempt to block Massachusetts’ investigation into whether the oil giant misled the public and investors about climate change.    […]


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A Growing List of Climate Lawsuits Around the World

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.11.2019


A climate denier is in the White House, pushing policies that will boost emissions. Congress is doing nothing to stop him. So citizens and local governments who are facing the impacts of rising seas, worsening heat waves and extreme weather are increasingly looking to the courts for help.   Read the entire article at Climate News.  […]


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Crab Fishers Sue Fossil Fuel Industry Over Climate Change Damage

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.18.2018


Crab fishing on the West Coast has become so threatened by warming oceans that a coalition of commercial fishers has now joined the climate litigation fray with a lawsuit filed to hold 30 fossil fuel companies accountable for losses caused by climate change.   Read the entire article at Inside Climate News.    The lawsuit, filed […]


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Why is the US Government So Afraid of the Kids’ Climate Case?

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 11.01.2018


Although their case remains on hold while the Supreme Court reviews a last-ditch, extraordinary motion by the Trump Administration, the 21 young plaintiffs in the landmark climate suit Juliana v. United States have already taken climate litigation into previously uncharted territory.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.    The plaintiffs, who come from […]


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NY Attorney General Accuses Exxon of Withholding Key Climate Documents

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 06.29.2018


New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has asked for a court order to force ExxonMobil to turn over financial documents she said the company has withheld during her office’s investigation into whether the company misled shareholders and the public about climate change.   Read the entire article at Climate Liability News.   In a request filed […]


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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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