Category Archives: Litigation

Young climate activists lawsuit dismissed in Washington State

“King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott ruled in favor of the State of Washington’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Aji P. v. State of Washington. The 13 young activists in the suit argue that the state is violating their constitutional rights through actions that cause climate change.” click here

Another solar energy company scam?

“Three former SolarCity employees have reportedly sued both SolarCity and its parent company Tesla, alleging that the solar panel manufacturer took part in serious corporate misbehavior. According to the former employees, SolarCity approved the creation of “fake sales accounts” which resulted in “unjustified bonuses” for employees and caused an “unreasonably high valuation of SolarCity.” The former employees also allege that they faced severe harassment and discrimination leading up to their one year tenure ending in 2017.” click here

Climate lawsuits against energy companies are counterproductive

“The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last Thursday filed an amicus brief in the cases filed by San Francisco and Oakland against energy producers, slamming the lawsuits and asking the court for dismissal. The lawsuits seek financial “damages” from energy companies for the risks posed by climate change.” click here

“Big oil” global warming conspiracy case dismissed

“The cities’ suits against oil companies, however, do not show an industry conspiracy to suppress climate science from the public, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said, according to journalists who attended the hearing.” click here

Global warming goes on trial in California

“Global warming goes on trial at 8.00 am this Wednesday, 21 March 2018, in Court 8 on the 19th floor of the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. Court 8 is the largest of the courtrooms in the Federal District Court of Northern California. They’re clearly expecting a crowd. The 8 am start, rather than the usual 10 am, is because the judge in the case is an early bird.” click here

Do wind turbine setback ordinances constitute a “takings of private property without compensation”?

An interesting and very important question that must be addressed by the courts.

“The complaint refers to Cass County’s wind energy conversion systems ordinance, which requires wind turbines to be at least 1,000 feet from homes. That means no homes can be constructed within 1,000 feet of wind turbines, which the complaint states “authorizes the taking of private property without compensation being paid.” click here

Expect Rational Climate Policies of EPA to be Opposed by Environmental Groups

Lawsuits against EPA were common in 1990s when I was working in government affairs. It is not surprising at all that such lawsuits will be filed. They are the primary method environmental groups use to raise funds for their organization. Yet they don’t really accomplish anything to help solve real-world problems in a sustainable way.

“Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh circulated a note to supporters Saturday, asking for more money as her organization readies for the upcoming court battles.” click here