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In Washington State Today: An Unjust Decision, A Powerful Dissent

Today, in a 7-2 vote, the Washington Supreme Court unjustly shut their courthouse doors to the 13 youth plaintiffs of Aji P. v. Washington and the grave evidence they were prepared to present on the climate emergency and their state government’s complicity in the crisis.


Vermont AG takes on Exxon, Shell over climate change in new lawsuit

By Sebastien Malo Photo: Jim Young , Reuters

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan sued Exxon Mobil Corp and the Shell Oil Co in Vermont state court on Tuesday, alleging the companies misled Vermonters for decades with marketing that conceals the contributions to climate change and its harmful effects of burning their fuels.


Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Governing Water Pollution

By Coral Davenport Photo: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

A federal judge on Monday struck down a Trump-era environmental rule that drastically limited federal restrictions against pollution of millions of streams, wetlands and marshes across the country. The Biden administration had already begun the lengthy process of undoing the policy, which President Donald J. Trump established in 2020 after farmers, real estate developers and fossil fuel producers complained that Obama-era rules had saddled them with onerous regulatory burdens.


Exxon sting surfaces in climate litigation

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Jim Mone , AP

A group of academics and climate activists cited the video in a “friend of the court” brief filed late yesterday in Minnesota’s climate lawsuit against Exxon and other fossil fuel companies in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Who sues for the trees—and the air that we breathe?

Judges have started stepping in where regulators fear to tread, delivering high-profile victories to activists who have sued on behalf of nature—and future generations.


The scientists hired by big oil who predicted the climate crisis long ago

By Emma Pattee Photo: Zack Wittman/The Guardian

As early as 1958, the oil industry was hiring scientists and engineers to research the role that burning fossil fuels plays in global warming. The goal at the time was to help the major oil conglomerates understand how changes in the Earth’s atmosphere may affect the industry – and their bottom line. But what top executives gained was an early preview of the climate crisis, decades before the issue reached public consciousness.


Justices deny Wyoming, Montana coal suit against Washington

By Mead Gruver Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that it won’t allow Wyoming and Montana to sue Washington state for denying a key permit to build a coal export dock that would have sent coal to Asia. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito voted in the minority in the ruling against letting the two states sue the third in a case that would have gone directly before the high court.


Guest post: How attribution can fill the evidence ‘gap’ in climate litigation

By Rupert Stuart-Smith

In November 2015, a Peruvian farmer and mountain guide, Saúl Luciano Lliuya, launched a pioneering bid for climate justice in a German court more than 10,000km from his home in the Andean city of Huaraz.


Exxon must face Massachusetts lawsuit alleging climate change deceit

By Jonathan Stempel Photo: Sergio Moraes , Reuters

A Massachusetts state judge has rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s (XOM.N) bid to dismiss a lawsuit by state Attorney General Maura Healey accusing the oil company of misleading consumers and investors about its role in climate change.


Lack of Supreme Court review doesn’t settle where big oil lawsuit will be fought

By Bob Egelko Photo: Mark Mulligan/Staff photographer

The U.S. Supreme Court took a step Monday toward allowing San Francisco and Oakland to sue major oil companies in state court for their role in emissions that increase global warming.