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High Court Will Review Climate Change Lawsuit
Posted on 7 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions. The court agreed Monday to consider... Read More

Activists Target States With Climate Change Lawsuits
Posted on 4 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BILLINGS, Mont. - (AP) A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change. The courtroom... Read More

Alaska Native Groups To Sue Over Polar Bear Plan
Posted on 19 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A coalition of Alaska Native groups put the federal government on notice Monday that they intend to sue over a recovery plan for polar bears faced with diminishing sea ice and climate change. The groups contend that the Department... Read More

5th Circuit Dismisses Global Warming Appeal
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Samantha Drake

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) A divided en banc Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 28 dismissed the appeal of a panel decision that Mississippi residents have standing to sue the oil, coal and energy companies for releasing greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

Don't Blame Cows: Manipulation Of Climate Change Data
Posted on 15 Jun 2010 by William A. Ruskin

CNN reported not too long ago that Frank Mitloehner, an air quality specialist from the University of California at Davis , accused the authors of a 2006 report published by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization ("FAO"), titled "Livestock's... Read More

Litigation For And Against Solar Power In California
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place... Read More

Reply Briefs Filed in American Electric Power v. Connecticut Climate Change Lawsuit
Posted on 29 Apr 2011 by Daniel Firger

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On April 11, 2011, petitioners in American Electric Power v. Connecticut , five private investor-owned utility companies, filed their reply brief . On the same... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Plaintiffs Add 'Public Trust' Doctrine To Toolbox
Posted on 24 Jul 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin The "public trust" doctrine is a legal principle derived from English Common Law. Environmental groups are now seeking to expand the application of the public trust doctrine to require states to address climate change... Read More

Michael Gerrard's Climate Change Litigation In The U.S. Chart - Columbia Law School Center For Climate Change Law
Posted on 28 Sep 2010 by Michael B Gerrard

We have created a chart that displays all the climate change litigation that has been brought in the U.S. courts, plus some of the administrative cases. The chart is organized by type of case. It contains hot links to most of the decisions and, where... Read More

William A. Ruskin: California Nixes CEQA Climate Change Review
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin In an earlier blog post , we discussed a setback for the consideration of climate change impacts in "Reverse Environmental Impact Statements" as a result of a California Court of Appeal invalidating guidelines to the... Read More

Solicitor General Supports Utility Petition For Certiorari From Climate Change Common Law Nuisance Ruling
Posted on 10 Nov 2010 by Steven G Jones

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "In a brief filed last August, the Solicitor General has urged the Supreme Court to accept review of the Second Circuit's decision in Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. ( AEP )," writes... Read More

High Court Hears Arguments On EPA’s Ability To Regulate Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24 heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants... Read More

Comparing Electric Utilities’ Briefs In American Electric Power Co. Inc. v. Connecticut
Posted on 11 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On January 31, 2011, five investor-owned utilities[1] (Petitioners) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), an electric utility owned by the US government, filed separate... Read More

William A. Ruskin: Climate Change Science: Trial Courts And Regulations
Posted on 31 Aug 2012 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Overlooked in the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals decision, dated June 26, 2012, in Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. EPA [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], is the court's discussion... Read More

Legal Actions Against U.S., States Claim Climate Change Is A Breach Of Public Trust
Posted on 13 May 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Attorney Attorneys representing groups of one or more children and young adults are filing legal actions against the US government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia, in which they allege that the public trust doctrine requires... Read More