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Newest Climate Liability Suits: Climate Justice Is Racial Justice

By Karen Savage Climate-related lawsuits—like any litigation—can seem far removed from those who are most directly impacted.  Municipalities filing climate change-related lawsuits have outlined why they believe fossil fuel companies have violated the law. They’ve described climate damage done to local infrastructure and why a warming atmosphere creates dangers to public…


DC Files Latest Climate Suit Vs. Big Oil

By Karen Savage Washington D.C. has filed a lawsuit against oil majors ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell, accusing them of deceiving consumers about climate change risks and engaging in a coordinated decades-long campaign to mislead the public, attorney general Karl A. Racine announced on Thursday.  The lawsuit is the latest in…


Minnesota Sues Fossil Fuel Industry for Climate Fraud

By Karen Savage Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against Exxon, three Koch Industries entities and the American Petroleum Institute, accusing them of consumer fraud and other violations for their decades-long deception about their role in climate change, state attorney general Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday. The suit, filed in Minnesota District…


Texas Court Refuses to Let Exxon Depose California Officials in Climate Cases

By Karen Savage Officials for California municipalities that are suing Exxon for climate liability do not have to submit to discovery in Texas, a state appellate court ruled on Thursday. Shortly after the municipalities filed their lawsuits, Exxon filed a petition in Texas seeking to force the officials and attorneys to…


Chevron: California Ruling Should Not Help NYC Revive Its Liability Suit

By Karen Savage The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent revival of two climate liability suits in California “is irrelevant” to New York City’s quest to keep its similar suit alive, Chevron told the Second Circuit in a letter on Wednesday. The Second Circuit is considering New York City’s appeal of…


Learning From NY, Mass. Adjusts Fraud Case Vs. Exxon

By Karen Savage ExxonMobil’s method for calculating the risks posed to its business by climate change have been  “inconsistent and haphazard and did not identify any meaningful impact from potential climate regulation,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said in an amended complaint filed earlier this month in her fraud lawsuit…


State Vs. Federal Court for Climate Suits: Will Supreme Court Weigh In?

By Karen Savage With two appellate courts recently ruling that climate liability suits belong in state court, the lingering question is what comes next for the fossil fuel companies, which still desperately want the cases in federal court. Attorneys for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, BP and nearly two dozen other fossil fuel…


Mass. Amends Complaint, Says Exxon Continues Deception Amid Pandemic

By Karen Savage Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey argues that the Covid-19 crisis has provided a glimpse into the potential effect climate change could have on the fossil fuel industry and accuses ExxonMobil of continuing to deceive its shareholders about future demand for its products. Healey wrote this in her amended…


Fossil Fuel Companies Don’t Cause Emissions, Exxon Tells Colorado Court

By Karen Savage The production and promotion of fossil fuels don’t cause climate change, an attorney for ExxonMobil claimed during a hearing held before a Colorado state court judge on Monday. “The climate change effects of which the plaintiffs complain are caused by emissions. Not by production, not by promotion,” Exxon…


Climate Liability Suits: The Trend to State Courts Gains Momentum

By Karen Savage Despite the Covid-19 crisis that has slowed court proceedings, municipalities across the country that are seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate damages have scored big legal victories in recent months.  Amid the pandemic, two separate appellate courts ruled two sets of these suits belong in…