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Throwing Cold Water on the Public Nuisance Legal Theory

A recent article by Professor Richard Epstein, one of the nation’s most respected authority on tort law and Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, throws cold water on the favorite legal strategy behind the misguided lawsuits filed by New York City and seven California jurisdictions against energy manufacturers: using public nuisance law. He examines this legal theory “in order to ….
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How Activists Hope to Use Climate Attribution to Take Down Manufacturers

A recent Climatewire profile republished by Scientific American puts the spotlight back on how activists are trying to use the developing body of research over extreme weather events and climate change to hold manufacturers legally responsible for historical emissions. Doing so, they believe, will help drive their political agenda through the courts, a strategy that ….
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Why Manufacturers Should Pay Attention to the Pawa/Hagens Berman Union

Over the past few weeks, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project has exposed the activists and plaintiff’s lawyers targeting manufacturers with far-fetched legal theories in hopes of achieving notoriety or scoring big paydays in the form of legal settlements or court-awarded damages. The strategy behind these suits was largely designed by Boston-based attorney Matt Pawa. For years, ….
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More Than Two Years Later, Politically-Motivated Investigation Should Be A Rallying Cry for Manufacturers

Just last week, the public heard from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s team at a federal court hearing regarding his office’s investigation targeted at energy manufacturers. The result? After two years, three million pages of documents, and a yet-to-be-tallied cost to New York state taxpayers, Schneiderman has brought zero legal charges. That’s right. It ….
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Second Installment: Insights on Pawa’s Calculations on Legal Strategy to Attack Energy Manufacturers

Matt Pawa is patient and methodical in his approach to suing energy manufacturers. He knows he will be handsomely compensated at many points on his legal marathon. For over 10 years, Pawa has banded together with environmental activists with deep pockets to go after companies that they apparently don’t think should be in business, namely ….
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Have Money and Power Corrupted the Union of Concerned Scientists?

Since 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has been a key advocate for science-based environmental policy. This once-venerable organization founded by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provided a strong voice in the debate over nuclear weapons, helped negotiate the Kyoto Protocol climate change treaty, and provided support for the establishment of the ….
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