NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – In a brief filed March 7 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it supports the dismissal of New York City's climate change lawsuit against the oil industry.
RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Virginia’s two houses of its General Assembly have taken a stand against Bloomberg Philanthropies' attempt to hire environmental activist lawyers to sue major companies such as Exxon and Chevron over global warming.
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A controversial program arming states with environmental activist prosecutors has led to an ethics complaint being filed against New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
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.
SPOKANE, WASH. (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court in Washington state has reversed a trial judge’s decision to allow an environmental protester to present a “necessity defense” against criminal trespass charges over blockading a coal train he said was contributing to global warming.
Fort Lauderdale considers suing Big Oil amidst federal court rulings rejecting climate change theories
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.
More info on Donziger released; Lawyer gained multibillion-dollar verdict against Chevron through fraud, judge has ruled
NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Attorneys for Chevron on Oct. 24 asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to hold disbarred attorney Steven R. Donziger in contempt for his alleged continued efforts to personally profit off a pollution scam in the South American country of Ecuador.
New York sues Exxon over climate change disclosures; Move called 'waste of taxpayer dollars' by legal reform group
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.
BAGLEY, Minn. (Legal Newsline) - After the dramatic dismissal of charges against climate activists who had planned to argue "necessity defense" before a jury, the focus is now likely to turn to the north west and the trial of an elderly pastor accused of blocking a coal train.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A Colorado federal judge has approved a briefing schedule for determining a final location to hear a climate change lawsuit filed by local Colorado officials against two oil companies
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.
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.
Climate change activists allowed to use 'necessity' defense after Minn. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal by state
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline) – Climate change activists in Minnesota will be able to mount a defense that their actions were justified because they were designed to prevent a worse harm.
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.
From policy to payday: Focus in environmental causes like Boulder's shifts, former Interior Secretary says
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.