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ICYMI—Louisiana AG Jeff Landry: Climate Lawsuits Could Endanger Important Louisiana Industries

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry authored an op-ed in the Daily Advertiser warning the state’s residents of the dangers posed by baseless lawsuits against manufacturers. Landry recently joined fourteen other attorneys general in calling for these suits to be dismissed by the courts:

 This legal history is just one reason I chose to join 14 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting dismissal of the lawsuit in California and did the same in New York. As the judges correctly ruled, federal courts should not set nationwide energy and environmental policy.

 Landry cautioned that such suits would be especially alarming in Louisiana, as the manufacturing community is of critical importance to the state’s economy:

Louisiana counts on manufacturing for more than one-fifth of our economic output, employing 136,600 workers. A significant portion of this manufacturing comes from the energy industry, which remains one of Louisiana’s leaders in economic impact, taxes paid, and people employed.

With the manufacturing industry employing one in seven Louisiana workers, meritless lawsuits seriously threaten jobs and livelihoods in the Bayou State. Landry pledged to stand against wasteful public nuisance litigation and zealous “payday-chasing attorneys”:

For the sake of our economy and the future of our workers and manufacturers, responsible elected officials must oppose these baseless lawsuits. I certainly do, and I will continue to do so as your Attorney General.

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