Washington, D.C. — Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court granting review in the climate litigation filed by the City of Baltimore against energy manufacturers:
“In granting review in the Baltimore climate change case, the Supreme Court clearly understands the need for the federal judiciary to speak with a single voice on whether this climate case and the others like it should be heard in state or federal court. As we explained to the Supreme Court in the amicus brief I filed for the manufacturing community urging the Court to take this case, the lawyers bringing these climate cases have been trying to game the system by filing the same case in several jurisdictions—hoping to take advantage of a split among the circuits on the question at the heart of this appeal. There is no doubt the recent increase in filings in new jurisdictions likely added urgency to this appeal in the mind of the Supreme Court.
At the end of the day, we are confident the Court will once again find that climate change requires a comprehensive response from policymakers, not a liability ruling from state or federal courts. The Supreme Court said climate change was not a tort litigation issue in AEP v. Connecticut and it should say so again here. Fighting climate change is a shared global challenge that requires collaboration and innovation—not litigation—to overcome.”
The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) will set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. This campaign will pull back the curtain to expose these efforts and to hold key actors accountable in order to protect our members and American manufacturing workers. The MAP is a project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), which serves as the leading voice of manufacturers in the nation’s courts. Visit us at mfgaccountabilityproject.org.