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  • 22
  • January
  • 2020

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Juliana v. United States – Another Climate Case Dismissed as Nonjusticiable

On January 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the dismissal of the high-profile constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, which was originally filed in 2015 in Oregon by a group of children and young adults. While asserting that the plaintiffs had gathered compelling evidence about the impacts of climate change, the Ninth Circuit ultimately concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the suit in question.

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What does ExxonMobil’s Win Mean for the Future of Climate Disclosures?

In a case that has been widely watched, on Tuesday December 10, ExxonMobil got good news in the climate change disclosure lawsuit brought against it by the New York Attorney General. As set forth in more detail in our prior post, the New York Attorney General alleged that ExxonMobil had made misleading statements regarding its use of carbon pricing in evaluating investment decisions and the value of its oil and gas reserves and sought to hold ExxonMobil accountable for those statements.

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Exxon Climate Securities Litigation

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a complaint against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) in October 2018 in New York state court. The case alleges a violation of New York’s Martin Act, which provides the attorney general broad powers to investigate financial fraud. The New York State Attorney General (the “State”) claims that Exxon misled investors on its evaluation of the impact of future climate regulations on its business through its use of internal metrics compared to published “proxy costs” or estimates of the cost of carbon emissions.

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California’s Voluntary Framework and the Brewing Storm of GHG Emissions Litigation

California has played a unique role in the development of greenhouse gas emissions standards for motor vehicles. With the EPA now on the verge of implementing rules that would loosen federal standards imposed under the previous administration, California remains at the center of attention. 

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  • 30
  • April
  • 2018

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Natural Disaster: Social Insurance in an Era of Climate Change

V&E lawyers Margaret Peloso and Kristen Miller examine whether and how social insurance programs should be redesigned in order to better address the environmental disasters caused by global climate change in a recent article published in The Environmental Forum. The article briefly explores the current role of social insurance programs in managing environmental risk, before assessing the strain these programs will experience as climate events become increasingly extreme and frequent. 

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  • 22
  • March
  • 2018

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Ninth Circuit Denies Petition for Writ of Mandamus in Climate Litigation — Suit Continues

On March 7, 2018, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to grant the defendants’ petition for a writ of mandamus in the climate change suit Juliana v. United States. The government defendants asked the district court to dismiss the suit and sought mandamus relief when the district court denied the motion to dismiss.

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