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Legal Backgrounder: Why the U.S. Supreme Court Should Take Up Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. v. Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County

Boulder and a few other local governments in Colorado are suing Suncor USA and ExxonMobil in state court, trying to hold the two companies legally liable for causing climate change and make them pay for infrastructure improvements in these localities. This lawsuit is part of a coordinated national litigation campaign, with about two dozen similar ….
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American Tort Reform Association Issues New Report on “Attorneys General for Hire”

The American Tort Reform Association recently issued a report highlighting one of the more concerning aspects of the climate litigation campaign waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers and public officials against energy manufacturers. Privately funded lawyers are being paid to serve in attorney general offices around the country despite the many ethical issues raised by such arrangements. ….
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MAP’s Phil Goldberg Participates in OurEnergyPolicy Panel Debate on Climate Litigation

On June 8, OurEnergyPolicy, a non-partisan non-profit organization, assembled a panel of experts to discuss and debate the shortcomings and merits of municipal climate litigation. This event, titled “The Rise of Climate Litigation,” was moderated by Graham Erion of CarbonFree Technology and featured the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project’s Phil Goldberg, former Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher, and ….
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This Year’s Earth Day Is About Renewing Our Call for Climate Innovations

By Phil Goldberg, special counsel to the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “Invest in Our Planet.” We all – businesses, governments, and citizens – are being called upon to “act boldly,” “innovate broadly” and “implement equitably.” In today’s sensationalized political and media climate, it’s easy to lose sight of the ….
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What the Hearing in Minnesota Revealed About Climate Tort Cases

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit heard oral arguments in Minnesota’s climate lawsuit against energy manufacturers. As several reporters noted, the three judge panel seemed unconvinced by Minnesota’s assertion that its case belongs in state court rather than federal court. Judge Jonathan Kobes observed that the lawsuit “necessarily crosses that ….
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ICYMI: Experts Agree — Lawsuits Against Manufacturers Shouldn’t be Heard at the State Level because Climate is a Global Issue

In January, oral arguments were heard at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit over the future court jurisdiction of Baltimore’s lawsuit attempting to make manufacturers pay for infrastructure improvements the city claims are needed to address climate change. The pending issue before the Fourth Circuit is whether state or federal courts are ….
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R Street Institute Hosts Expert Panel on Municipal Climate Litigation

Josiah Neeley, a Senior Fellow with R Street, hosted the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project’s Phil Goldberg, Niskanen Center’s David Bookbinder, and American Action Forum’s Ewelina Czapla, to debate the practicality of municipal climate litigation. In recent years, lawsuits have become the primary tactic of municipalities seeking damages from domestic energy producers. These municipalities contend that energy ….
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