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ICYMI: MAP in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser— Climate Change Lawsuits Are a Distraction and Counterproductive to Real Solutions

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project’s Counsel Chris Appel tackles the misguided climate change lawsuits being filed against energy manufacturers in an op-ed published today in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, calling them a “distraction” and “counterproductive” to real environmental solutions. Appel details how these lawsuits will not solve the “shared challenge” of climate change and outlines the consequences ….
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MAP Statement on Decision in NY Attorney General Lawsuit: Politically-Motivated Legal Actions Have No Place in the Courtroom

Washington, D.C. — Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement in response to New York Supreme Court Justice Barry Ostrager’s ruling that the New York Attorney General’s office failed to prove that ExxonMobil mislead its investors over climate change risks: “Today’s ruling makes clear that politically-motivated investigations and legal ….
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How Foundations and Contingency Fees Privately Fund Government Climate Litigation

In Chapter Five of Beyond the Courtroom: A Closer Look at Climate Litigation in the United States, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project explains the private funding models, namely foundation money and contingency fee arrangements, behind today’s government climate lawsuits. The Chapter explains how these funding sources can distort justice and create conflicts of interest between the for-profit ….
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U.S. Court of Appeals Hears NYC Climate Tort Case, Properly Identifies that Case is About Emissions and Asks Whether It Should be Preempted

New York, NY.  Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel to the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, attended the oral argument in The City of New York v. BP P.L.C., which was held this morning at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in New York and issued the following observations: The judges hearing this appeal were presented with clear arguments as ….
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The NAM’s Linda Kelly in The Wall Street Journal: Congress, not Courts, Must Take the Lead on Driving Climate Change Solutions

In a Wall Street Journal column published yesterday, Linda Kelly, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at the National Association of Manufacturers, explains why making the public policy decisions needed to fight climate change must remain the province of Congress and not driven by liability rulings in cases seeking to scapegoat energy manufacturers. ….
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What’s ‘Public Nuisance’ Really Mean? Get Caught Up in 90 Seconds

Today, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP) released a short, 90-second video that breaks down public nuisance law and demonstrates why it has no relation to complex global public policy matters like climate change. In the video, MAP Special Counsel Phil Goldberg discusses the foundations of public nuisance theory, noting how attorneys and local governments filing ….
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Statement: Manufacturers Urge Honolulu Public Officials to Reject Costly Climate Lawsuit

Washington, DC — Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel for the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Accountability Project, issued the following statement ahead of the Honolulu City Council’s public hearing today to consider a resolution to approve a climate lawsuit targeting manufacturers and hiring outside trial attorneys: “Climate change is a shared global challenge that requires a broad and innovative response ….
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ICYMI: MAP Special Counsel Phil Goldberg: “We Can’t Litigate Our Way Out of Climate Change”

Recently, the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project’s (MAP) Special Counsel Phil Goldberg sat down for a one-on-one interview with E&E News reporter Jennifer Hijazi to discuss the latest on climate litigation, the misuse of the public nuisance theory and how litigation interferes with the innovation needed to address climate change. Here are some excerpts from the interview: ….
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The Climate Liability Road Trip

The Manufacturers’ Accountability Project released the fourth chapter of Beyond the Courtroom: A Closer Look at Climate Litigation in the United States, its report examining the highly coordinated network of foundations, activists and attorneys who are waging a multi-front and baseless litigation campaign in the United States against energy manufacturers. Here are some key excerpts ….
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Panel of Legal Experts Agree: Climate Litigation Lacks Legal Viability, Improper Solution to Important, Complex Issue

The Rule of Law Defense Fund gathered a seasoned and broad panel of legal experts in Washington, D.C. for a discussion of the current climate change litigation landscape. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson served as the event’s keynote speaker, and the panel featured Andrew Grossman, partner at Baker Hostetler; Phil Goldberg, managing partner at ….
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