Monday, August 15, 2011

Overview on climate change litigation lawsuits in the U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court Building
(Image by Matt H. Wade)
The U.S. is currently leading in Climate Change litigation attempts. A U.S. law firm publishes and keeps up-to-date an inventory of climate change litigation lawsuits in the U.S. on the website climatecasechart.com.

A list of (so far all dismissed) climate change liability lawsuits in the U.S. can be found at climatelawyers.com.

An overview on recent trends with regard to climate damage compensation lawsuits in the U.S. can be found on the costalcare or chinadaily websites. The author notes a sharp increase of the number of climate-related lawsuits. Law firms react to the new market potential, and potential target companies attend specialized law seminars though no compensation claim has been successful so far.

Update: Read more about positive decisions in the U.S. such as with the Hurricane Katrina or BP oil spill case and and some negative results such as with the Comer v. Murphy Oil case.

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