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Manufacturers Announce Reform Principles to End Climate Litigation

Climate change is a significant public policy issue that should be addressed through meaningful legislative, regulatory, and technological solutions. In the midst of the current policy debate, manufacturers around the world are taking strong and meaningful steps to reduce their climate impacts. Manufacturers also support policies that establish an equitable platform to spur investment in ….
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Manufacturers’ Progress Jeopardized by Baseless Lawsuits

With the World Gas Conference underway this week in Washington, D.C., the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) is highlighting how manufacturers are leading the way in reducing their environmental footprint while providing jobs to millions of Americans. Recently, Real Clear Policy featured an opinion piece from MAP Executive Director Lindsey de la Torre that discussed how ….
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ICYMI: Big Apple Hypocrisy

“The Court Ought To Toss This Kitchen-Sink Case” On Sunday, the New York Daily News editorial board highlighted the hypocrisy of the public nuisance lawsuit filed by New York City against manufacturers earlier this year and urged the case be dismissed: Good thing the city’s private attorneys are working on contingency — for free unless ….
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ICYMI: Wall Street Journal editorial: “The Climate-Change Tort Racket”

A ground-breaking editorial in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend admonished the baseless public nuisance lawsuits that seek to blame manufacturers for the global issue of climate change, while enriching the trial attorneys who bring them. The editorial highlights that this vein of litigation has historically failed in courts: “No court has recognized common-law claims for injuries supposedly ….
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Climate Lawsuit Update: CA Judge Questions Trial Attorneys’ Use of Public Nuisance Law

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project is closely monitoring the state of play in California and other states in which misguided lawsuits have been filed.  Last week, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard a motion to dismiss the lawsuits filed against manufacturers by San Francisco and Oakland. We’ve ….
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ICYMI: MAP Hosts Roundtable with State Attorneys General on Public Nuisance Litigation

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project hosted a media roundtable with National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to discuss the troubling trend of baseless litigation against manufacturers. The attorneys general kicked off the roundtable discussing why they signed on ….
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Three Things to Consider as Schneiderman-Healey Investigation Continues

In a 48-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni dismissed ExxonMobil’s lawsuit seeking an end to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s “bad faith” investigation into the company.  Ironically, in response to Judge Caproni’s decision, Schneiderman called the company’s lawsuit “frivolous” and “nonsensical”—two terms that the Manufacturers’ Accountability ….
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Federal, State or Dismissal? Here’s the State of Play in the California Nuisance Lawsuits

A divergence in legal opinion emerged last week leaving more questions than answers in the California public nuisance lawsuits. Despite a decision in late February by Judge William Alsup to hear the San Francisco and Oakland cases in federal court, Judge Vince Chhabria of the same U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that cases ….
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