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Re: Legal Approach to Climate Change Resolutions
« Reply #150 on: September 21, 2017, 12:11:37 AM »
San Francisco, Oakland sue major oil companies over rising seas
The cities of San Francisco and Oakland are suing some of the world’s largest oil companies over climate change, joining an emerging legal effort to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for the damages wrought by rising seas.

The suits, filed separately in Superior Court in San Francisco and Alameda County and announced Wednesday, claim that a slate of oil, gas and coal producers not only caused the heat-trapping gases that drove sea-level rise but knowingly did so, a challenge akin to litigation against big tobacco companies in the 1990s.

Both cities are asking the companies, which include Bay Area-based Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell and BP, to pay billions in compensation for past and future flooding, coastal erosion and property damage resulting from climate change.

“The bill has come due,” said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “It’s time for these companies to take responsibility.”

The lawsuits, filed Tuesday, come two months after the counties of Marin and San Mateo as well as the San Diego County city of Imperial Beach filed similar challenges amid a growing push to use the courts to go after individual corporations for their contribution to global warming.

Prior legal attempts to tie specific companies to the problem have been scant and largely ineffective. But as scientific advancements make it increasingly possible to pinpoint the causes of climate change, and with the Trump administration sidelining the issue, law experts say both the number of suits against the fossil fuel industry and their chances of success are bound to grow.
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http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/San-Francisco-Oakland-sue-major-oil-companies-12215044.php
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Re: Legal Approach to Climate Change Resolutions
« Reply #151 on: October 21, 2017, 12:47:44 AM »
Portuguese kids hit climate lawsuit crowdfunding milestone

Following the second bout of deadly forest fires this year, seven children are preparing to sue for stronger climate action through the European Court of Human Rights
http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/10/19/portuguese-kids-hit-climate-lawsuit-crowdfunding-milestone/
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« Reply #152 on: November 08, 2017, 08:24:29 PM »
Green group, children sue Trump over climate change policies
An environmental group and two Pennsylvania children have sued the Trump administration over the federal government’s approach to climate change.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Pennsylvania, alleges the U.S. is using “junk science” to roll back policies designed to limit the impact of climate change.

It comes from the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and two “child plaintiffs who have been personally impacted by climate change,” because one has asthma and another lived through Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.

They ask the court to stop the government from pushing “any rollbacks that increase the frequency and/or intensity of the life-threatening effects of climate change.”

“We will not stand idly by while President Trump and his agencies raze crucial environmental protections, ignore climate science, dispute well-documented facts and force future generations of Americans to suffer the consequences of this administration’s reckless choices and ignorant policies,” said Clean Air Council Executive Director and Chief Counsel Joseph Minott. ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/359015-green-group-children-sue-trump-over-climate-change-policies
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Re: Legal Approach to Climate Change Resolutions
« Reply #153 on: November 14, 2017, 03:57:56 PM »
From the Cat 6 blog:
BarbaraGermany  • 3 hours ago
Peruvian farmer sues German energy giant for contributing to climate change
Saul Luciano Lliuya wants damages from RWE to protect hometown of
Huaraz from a swollen glacier lake at risk of overflowing from melting
snow and ice
Nov 14: https://www.theguardian.com...
A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory on Monday
 when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he
accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean
 home, had merit.
After hearing oral arguments from both sides, the higher regional
court in the western city of Hamm said Saul Luciano Lliuya’s demand for
damages from RWE was “admissible”, paving the way for the case to
proceed. ...
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Re: Legal Approach to Climate Change Resolutions
« Reply #154 on: November 14, 2017, 08:17:12 PM »

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Re: Legal Approach to Climate Change Resolutions
« Reply #155 on: November 17, 2017, 06:17:03 PM »
On Dec 11 2017 a federal appeals court will hear arguments as to whether to allow the Youth Climate Change Lawsuit to proceed to trial.

Title: "Appeals Court Takes Up Youth Climate Change Lawsuit Against Trump"

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17112017/climate-change-lawsuit-kids-donald-trump-administration-our-childrens-trust

Extract: "A federal appeals court announced that it will hear oral arguments on December 11 on whether a groundbreaking climate change lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults against the Trump administration can proceed to trial.

The country's most powerful fossil fuel lobbies, which had voluntarily intervened in the case and fought to have it dismissed, took the unusual step earlier this year of asking a federal judge for permission to withdraw from the lawsuit. A judge granted their request.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the latest development.

The plaintiffs in Juliana argue that the federal government has known for at least 50 years that combustion of fossil fuels adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and changes the climate. Because it chose not to limit fossil fuel use and cut greenhouse gases, the government violated the plaintiffs' right to protection from environmental degradation under the trust doctrine, the suit alleges.

Federal Judge Ann Aiken of the Oregon District will hear the case if the appeals court allows it to go to trial. Aiken and a colleague filed a letter with the appeals court that said they do not believe the federal government would be "irreversibly damaged" by the discovery process, and that the lawsuit is "a complex case involving vital interests on both sides.""
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