Global Warming Litigation Briefings
The Most Dangerous Litigation in
Free Speech Under Attack -- the
"Trial Lawyers, Inc." -- the plaintiffs' bar -- is trying to turn
global warming into the next big wave of billion-dollar lawsuits against
companies. They allege that companies should be held liable for
all damages arising from climate change on the grounds that greenhouse
gas emissions by companies have caused global warming.
The plaintiffs' bar sees global warming as the next big opportunity
to make billions in fees, following on their success with asbestos and
tobacco lawsuits. If they are successful, this could drain
billions from companies that should be used for building productivity
and expanding jobs.
Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF),
with assistance from the
Center for America (CFA) is providing
legal reform advocates and companies with updated information plaintiffs' bar
global warming lawsuits
Read a new
op-ed by SLF's Shannon Goessling
Global Warming Litigation Background
Reports for Download
CFA-SLF Climate Change and the Threat of Litigation
2: Global Warming Litigation Update Briefing Report
The Most Dangerous Litigation in America: "Kivalina"
The most important recent
development is the filing of a major federal lawsuit against 24
companies by the Native Village of Kivalina and the City of Kivalina
that is obviously a stalking horse for the plaintiff and environmental
communities. Part 3 provides details on this lawsuit.
As predicted in Parts 1 and 2
of our reports, the plaintiffs in the Kivalina case base their
lawsuit not on state or federal statutes, but on the public
communications of the corporate defendants related to their efforts to address
climate change and environmental stewardship. This briefing report
identifies the specific communications cited by the plaintiffs as
evidence in this case.
CFA will continue to monitor
developments related to this issue and the efforts of the plaintiffs' bar to
target the business community. As a country, particularly in today's
economic climate, we can ill afford to have the resources of the
business community pointlessly diverted into creating even more
billionaire plaintiff attorneys.
Dan Pero, Center for America, 517-371-7276
Southeastern Legal Foundation, 404-257-9667
Communications, Center for America,
(o) 404-228-3261, (c)