France Found Guilty of Climate Inaction

France Found Guilty of Climate Inaction

Add another landmark environmental moment in Paris to the list: a French court ruled this week that the national government is guilty of failing to turn its climate promises into action. In its ruling, the court recognized the damage caused by climate change and held the French state responsible, France 24 reports.

Why this Matters: The landmark decision is the result of France’s first major climate lawsuit–but it won’t be the last.

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Supreme Court Could Determine the Future of Climate Lawsuits

Supreme Court Could Determine the Future of Climate Lawsuits

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.

Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,”  and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.  

 

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PPP Program Paid Some ENGOs But Even More Oil and Gas Companies

PPP Program Paid Some ENGOs But Even More Oil and Gas Companies

E&E News led with a story yesterday about the numerous environmental groups who received government support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) even as they were suing the government over policies they believed the Trump administration got wrong.   

Why This Matters:  The E&E story seems to imply that environmental groups should not be suing the Trump administration — they sought comments from numerous groups as to they were taking the money while continuing to file lawsuits.

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Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future. 

Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.

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Millennials Worldwide Taking Their Climate Grievances to Court

Millennials Worldwide Taking Their Climate Grievances to Court

All around the world, Millennials and Gen Zers are starting to bring lawsuits against their governments challenging the “legality” of years of climate inaction using similar theories as being alleged in the U.S. “kids” climate case pending in the U.S. 

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