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New York AG compares climate lawyer to whistleblower in fight over emails

By Daniel Fisher | May 16, 2019

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The New York Attorney General has compared Matt Pawa, the private attorney suing ExxonMobil and other oil companies over climate change, to a whistleblower in filings seeking to seal the record of private emails between Pawa and former New York AG Eric Schneiderman.

Exxon uses revived Helms-Burton law to sue Cuban companies for holdings confiscated in the 1960s

By John Severance | May 7, 2019

The first prominent company to take legal action against the Cubans is Exxon. In a suit filed May 2 in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, Exxon is seeking damages in the amount of $71,611,002.90 plus interest of 6 percent since July 1,1960.

At Univ. of Colorado, climate change plaintiffs present their side; Energy industry says event was 'one-sided'

By William Sassani | Apr 29, 2019

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – “This has nothing to do with national climate policy.”

Kamala Harris, other Dems condemn Big Oil's lobbying but support lawsuits brought by campaign donors

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Democratic U.S. Senators are complaining that Big Oil’s lobbying efforts have stifled climate change measures and are supporting lawsuits against it – but they have also accepted more than $30,000 in donations from the private lawyers who would benefit financially.

Exxon argues for Texas justice as it defends self from climate change lawsuits

By David Yates | Jan 17, 2019

FORT WORTH – Texas justices will soon decide whether California municipalities took aim at Texas-based free speech by bringing climate change lawsuits against ExxonMobil, a Texas company, in California courts.

Oakland, San Francisco switch lawyers as climate change lawsuits face possible reckoning

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 29, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - The cities of Oakland and San Francisco have replaced the private lawyers representing them in climate change litigation as a series of lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Shell and other oil companies head toward what could be their final challenges in appeals courts on either coast.

Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories

By John Sammon | Nov 2, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE (Legal Newsline) – The Fort Lauderdale City Commission is considering suing oil companies over the climate change activists say could raise sea coastal levels to catastrophic proportions.

New York sues Exxon over climate change disclosures; Move called 'waste of taxpayer dollars' by legal reform group

By John O'Brien | Oct 24, 2018

​​​​​NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Years in the making, the New York Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday sued ExxonMobil, alleging the company misled investors regarding climate change.

Report details how Bloomberg, NYU influence environmental policy at state level

By John Breslin | Sep 25, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - A program placing environmental advocates in state offices - while paying their salaries - has drawn criticism, though the New York law center running it defends it as legal and transparent.

Oil companies go for another win in climate change fight, ask for dismissal of Wash. county's case

By William Sassani | Sep 18, 2018

In August, lawyers arguing for a group of oil companies submitted a motion to Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington asking that King County’s climate change lawsuit be dismissed.

Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

Boulder fights to get climate change lawsuit back to state court

By William Sassani | Sep 11, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – Kevin S. Hannon, counsel for the city of Boulder and Boulder County, as well as San Miguel County, filed his argument as to why their climate change lawsuit against oil companies should stay in state court instead of being removed to U.S. district court.

Boulder got things rolling, but momentum for suing Big Oil lacking in the rest of Colorado

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018

The rest of Colorado seems to have little interest in following the lead of three communities in the state that have sued Big Oil over the alleged effects of global warming.

With two high-profile losses, when do climate plaintiffs start worrying about sanctions?

By Dan Fisher | Aug 1, 2018

Now that federal judges on either coast have dismissed two of the most prominent climate lawsuits against the oil industry, risks to taxpayers may be going up.

Climate change roundup: NYC appeals loss, Big Oil attacks Wash. county’s lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 30, 2018

New York City and the private lawyers it hired to sue the fossil fuel industry over alleged effects of climate change will not accept a federal judge’s recent decision to throw the lawsuit out of court.

Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

In spite of recent dismissals, City of Baltimore launches climate change suit against big oil

By Ann Maher | Jul 20, 2018

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - A day after a federal judge dismissed New York City's lawsuit against major oil companies over the alleged effects of climate change, Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis took aim at 26 companies that transport and market fuels in its waters with similar allegations.

From policy to payday: Focus in environmental causes like Boulder's shifts, former Interior Secretary says

By John O'Brien | Jul 17, 2018

Protecting the environment has long been an objective in lawsuits filed by activists in Colorado courts, but a recent, ambitious effort from the City of Boulder includes another goal - profit.

Calif. cities file appeal in effort to avoid possible lawsuit from Exxon

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2018

Potential defendants argue Texas court lacks jurisdiction.

After amendment, Boulder's climate change lawsuit headed to federal court

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2018

The City of Boulder’s decision to add new claims to its climate change lawsuit has afforded defendants Exxon and Suncor the chance to transfer the case to federal court.

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