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Litigating Responsibility For Climate Change

Recently, two cases were dismissed that sought to hold industrial companies and automakers liable for greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences on global warming. A federal judge on Aug. 30 rejected Mississippi residents' claims that coal, oil and chemical companies were liable for greenhouse...

Listen In To On-Line Program On Law And Climate Change

I'm planning on starting out my week by listening in to a web-based program on the legal environment of global climate change that's titled "Stormy Weather Ahead?" The program is sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Washington, D.C. and features the input of Professor Jason Johnson...

Law Firm Seminar Participants Speak Out On The Chilling Effects Of Global Warming

The message at the climate change conference sponsored this morning by the Washington, D.C. law firm Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP was very clear--a progressive movement is afoot to effect monumental change in the way Americans think and in the way America runs its economy, and the proponents of individual...

Kathleen Havener on the Greening of the Insurance Industry

Insurers are realizing the many benefits of “green buildings”—structures that are built or renovated to be energy-efficient and disaster-resistant as well as protective of indoor-air quality and the environment. Thus, there are now: · Insurance policies that protect the installer...

James Davis and Andrea Yassemedis on Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Litigation

In its 2007 decision Massachusetts v. EPA, the Supreme Court legally recognized global warming as “the most pressing environmental challenge of our time” and held that certain plaintiffs may have standing to sue for damages due to global warming. As the number of suits alleging damages due...

Wiley Rein LLP on General and Professional Liability Coverage for "Global Warming Claims"

Recent commentaries by policyholder advocates suggest that general and professional liability insurers soon will face an explosion of insurance coverage litigation from corporate policyholders seeking coverage for “global warming” liabilities. However, in light of current global warming claims...

Barry Zalma on Whether Premium Increases Are Due to Weather Changes

Insurance Coverage lawyer, consultant and expert witness, Barry Zalma discusses whether insurance premiums are based upon a calculation of the amount of risk the insurer is asked to take. He explains that securing information about the risk the insurer is asked to take is the first step in any underwriting...

Sallie Kraus on Insurance Implications of Climate Change: Tornadoes are not Just in Kansas Anymore--a Discussion on Whether Severe Storms are a Harbinger of Climate Change and How the Insurance Industry can Respond

We may think of tornadoes as a phenomenon limited to the Midwestern Plains as in the “Wizard of Oz,” but this year they have cut a swath from Texas to Virginia. The spate of severe spring tornadoes in the US, coupled with forecasts of an active hurricane North Atlantic season this year have...

FREE DOWNLOAD Marten Law Group on Great Expectations: President-Elect Obama’s Environmental and Energy Policies

In his acceptance speech in Grant Park on Nov. 4, President-elect Obama spoke of a “planet in peril.” As a candidate, he promised to combat global warming and to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil. Obama tied energy issues to our national security and economic recovery....