Climate Change Litigation

Climate Change Decision Points to the World’s Courts

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Hawaii issued a major decision about climate change. The case related to a request that the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approve a biomass power plant that purportedly would have had negative environmental effects. The PUC denied approval and the Supreme Court affirmed, announcing that the state constitution’s…

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Climate Change Litigation Is Global

As readers of this blog may know, climate litigation is exploding across U.S. courts. States, municipalities, nonprofits, investors, children, and myriad other plaintiffs are bringing lawsuits against private actors for contributing to global climate change and against government officials for failing to take steps to stop it. I have written on this blog about one…

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Climate Change Litigation and the “Foreign Affairs” Trump Card

Factory with smoke stakes

Having found the federal courts unfriendly to climate-related claims, a series of plaintiffs—mostly state and municipal governments—have sued fossil fuel companies under state law often in state court. Oil company defendants resisting these claims have argued that federal law, not state law, should govern. For cases filed in state court, defendants also have sought to remove the cases to federal court, asserting federal jurisdiction on various theories.

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