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Shell Fights Landmark Case Alleging Its Climate Change Stance Harms Human Rights

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is in court in The Hague for the final hearing in a landmark case that could force it to reduce its carbon footprint. The case brought by the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth, Milieudefensie, …

Shell Faces Climate Change Lawsuit in Dutch Court

AMSTERDAM – Environmental activists took Royal Dutch Shell to court on Tuesday, demanding the energy firm drastically reduce the production of oil and gas to limit its effects on climate change. Seven activist groups, including Greenpeace and Friends of the …

Australian Pension Fund Agrees to Settle Landmark Climate Risk Litigation

SYDNEY — One of Australia’s largest pension funds on Monday agreed to settle a landmark climate risk litigation filed by a 25-year-old member who alleged it was failing to protect his retirement savings against climate change. REST acknowledged in a …

Climate Change Litigants Argue Human Rights, Consumer Harm in Suing Oil Firms

LONDON/WASHINGTON/GENEVA — Climate change may be having its day in court. With the slow pace of international climate negotiations, lawyers from Switzerland to San Francisco are increasingly filing lawsuits demanding action. And they are getting creative — using new legal …

U.S. Court Says State Courts Are Proper Forum for Climate Suits Against Big Oil

Big Oil lost a pair of court battles Tuesday that could lead to trials in lawsuits by California cities and counties seeking damages for the impact of climate change. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy …

Oil Giant Total Sued by 14 French Cities, NGOs over Failure to Cut Carbon Emissions

Oil giant Total SA is being sued by 14 local governments and a handful of non-governmental organizations in France for not doing enough to reduce its carbon emissions and fight global warming. The legal challenge is the latest sign that …

States’ Climate Change Litigation Could Be Useful Tool Against Big Oil: Opinion

A growing number of cities and states want to turn climate change lawsuits against oil companies into the next tobacco or opioid litigation. In principle, that seems like a truly terrible idea. Such lawsuits will likely do even less to …

Supreme Court Allows City, State Claims Against Energy Firms Over Climate Costs

The U.S. Supreme Court let government officials press ahead with three lawsuits that accuse more than a dozen oil and gas companies of contributing to climate change. Without comment or published dissent, the high court Tuesday refused to block a …

Climate Change Lawsuits a Growing Threat: Opinion

Last month, a group of 10 families filed an action against the European Union at the European General Court, the EU’s second highest court. All claim to have suffered loss from climate change. Specifically, they argue that greenhouse gas (GHG) …

BP Fears Climate Change Lawsuits in U.S.

After paying more than $65 billion in legal costs for the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, BP Plc is wary of the risk of lawsuits related to climate change. Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley raised the topic of class-action lawsuits twice during …