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California Drops in Rankings for “Business Friendliness,” Litigious Environment Could Be to Blame

According to an annual poll from CNBC, California dropped to 32nd in the nation for ease of doing business from 25th last year. Over this past year, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project has repeatedly warned about California’s litigious environment, which is clearly taking its toll on its reputation for business and job growth. Manufacturers are especially ….
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The In-Kind Research and Money Supporting Climate Litigation

Today, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) released the second chapter of Beyond the Courtroom: A Closer Look at Climate Litigation in the United States, a report that details the extensive infrastructure of the climate liability campaign targeting manufacturers. Chapter Two—“The Complex Web of Philanthropies, Researchers and Nonprofits Supporting Litigation”—takes a close look at the groups ….
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Climate Litigation Support Nowhere to be Found at House Climate Committee Hearing in Boulder, Colorado

Yesterday, the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis hosted its first field hearing in Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the state’s roadmap for clean energy using lessons learned from state and local leaders. Panelists included Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones and faculty from Colorado State University and the University of Colorado ….
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ICYMI: The NAM’s Linda Kelly Delivers a Dose of Climate Litigation Reality in Providence Journal Op-Ed

In the Providence Journal over the weekend, Linda Kelly, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Association of Manufacturers, delivered a dose of reality to climate lawsuit supporters who hailed a federal court ruling sending the Rhode Island public nuisance litigation targeting manufacturers to state court. Her op-ed highlighted how this isn’t the ….
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No Matter Which Way You Turn, Climate Litigation Hits the AEP Precedent Roadblock

Plaintiffs and supporters of the climate lawsuits filed against energy manufacturers are cheering recent decisions by federal judges to send cases in Rhode Island, Baltimore, and several California jurisdictions to state courts. The proponents of the cases are desperate to escape federal court, which have continually rejected climate liability suits. But, those cheers will be ….
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MAP-ping Climate Liability Litigation’s 20-Year Campaign Against Energy Manufacturers

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) is launching a new report that traces the origins of climate liability litigation against energy manufacturers and looks into the many groups, lawyers and activists involved in the litigation. The report, “Beyond the Courtroom: A Closer Look at Climate Litigation in the United States,” examines how climate liability litigation has ….
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ICYMI: Progressive Policy Institute Event: Innovation, Not Litigation, Is the Way to Address Climate Change

On Monday, the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) hosted an event in Sacramento, California, for a discussion on “Combating Climate Change Beyond the Courts.” PPI gathered a broad and well-versed panel of experts from across California to discuss municipal governments’ role in addressing climate change and collaborative solutions that work to protect the environment as well ….
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New Report: “Dangerous Trend” of Agenda-Driven Groups Paying Salaries of State Government Attorneys and Policy Employees

Farming out police powers of the state to private interest groups demonstrates a clear misuse of government authority. In a new report, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) calls out arrangements where private agenda-driven groups embed attorneys and policy experts within state government offices. The private groups pay the salaries of the attorneys and policy ….
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ICYMI: San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed – Suing Energy Producers Over Climate Change Won’t Help

After the National Association of Manufacturers filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the brief’s author, MAP Special Counsel Phil Goldberg, took manufacturers’ case to Bay Areas readers in a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed. He emphasized how the wave of frivolous public nuisance litigation is the wrong approach ….
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