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Updates on Global Warming Litigation



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Global Warming Litigation Briefings

The Most Dangerous Litigation in America:

Free Speech Under Attack -- the "Kivalina" Lawsuit


"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 here.



Global Warming Litigation Background Reports for Download

Part 1:  CFA-SLF Climate Change and the Threat of Litigation

 Part 2: Global Warming Litigation Update Briefing Report 

 Part 3: 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.



Ongoing Monitoring


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.


For More Information, contact Dan Pero, Center for America, 517-371-7276

or Shannon Goessling, Southeastern Legal Foundation, 404-257-9667



The Center for America mission is to educate, motivate and empower the public to support state liability reforms to end lawsuit abuse.


Kristyn Shayon, Director, Communications, Center for America,
(o) 404-228-3261, (c) 770-355-2809


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