climate change litigation

The Last Standing Article You’ll Ever Have to Read

Using the Supreme Court’s ruling on public nuisance law and climate change as an example, the essay argues that standing doctrine has become so incoherent and manipulable that it has lost any real function.


The Clean Air Act and Greenhouse Gases: Full Employment Act for Lawyers

For several years now, large law firms have sought work related to climate change, though prior to President Obama’s election the work was relatively thin. Sure there were challenges to California’s legislation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from cars; defenses to claims under the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act; and …


The Environment and the California AG Race

My original plan was to do four posts, each covering a major party candidate for Governor or Senator.  But the California Attorney General race is also significant in environmental terms.  Under Jerry Brown and his predecessor Bill Lockyer, the AG has been a major player on environmental issues — in particular, providing national leadership on …


Tracking U.S. Climate Change Litigation

The most famous case about climate change is Massachusetts v. EPA, which led to a key decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.  But there have been dozens of other lawsuits, and more are coming all the time.  Fortunately, there’s a handy on-line resource for tracking all these cases.  It’s worth taking a look at.