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Boulder got things rolling, but momentum for suing Big Oil lacking in the rest of Colorado

By John O'Brien | Aug 7, 2018

The rest of Colorado seems to have little interest in following the lead of three communities in the state that have sued Big Oil over the alleged effects of global warming.

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Climate change roundup: NYC appeals loss, Big Oil attacks Wash. county’s lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 30, 2018

New York City and the private lawyers it hired to sue the fossil fuel industry over alleged effects of climate change will not accept a federal judge’s recent decision to throw the lawsuit out of court.

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Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

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Calif. lawmaker kills bill that punishes lying lawyers after major donor opposes it, group says

By John O'Brien | Jul 12, 2018

A bill that punishes attorneys who mislead prospective clients passed California's Assembly with no opposition, but the state Senate won't even consider it. So, what happened?

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Others 0 for 2, but Rhode Island joining climate change litigation anyway

By John O'Brien | Jul 5, 2018

A judge on the other side of the country has ruled that it isn’t an issue for the courts, but that is not stopping Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, and the private lawyers he has hired, from suing the oil industry over alleged effects of climate change.

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Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

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States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

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No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

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Trump: Climate change lawsuits interfere with policy, should be dismissed

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Trump administration disapproves of climate change litigation initiated by cities and counties in California and the private attorneys they hired on a contingency fee.

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Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

By John O'Brien | May 12, 2018

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

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Hold government to higher standard, former Calif. AG says of climate change lawsuit controversy

By John O'Brien | May 3, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Texas judge has decided California officials suing the energy industry over climate change are talking out of both sides of their mouths, and the former top lawyer of the Golden State is disappointed in their actions.

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Judge: Calif. cities alleging doom in climate change lawsuits sold investors a different story

By John O'Brien | Apr 28, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) – California officials who are suing large energy companies are telling two contradictory stories while taking part in a targeted effort featuring state attorneys general, private lawyers and Rockefeller money, a Texas judge has found.

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In suing Exxon over climate change, Boulder is hoping company's deep pockets will pay for its left-wing agenda, group says

By John O'Brien | Apr 25, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (Legal Newsline) – It remains to be seen if Exxon will fight the latest climate change lawsuit against it in the same way it is attacking the first round, by scrubbing municipal documents for evidence of hypocrisy by the public officials filing them.

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As Boulder sues, 15 states - including Colorado - oppose global warming lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Apr 21, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Two days after local officials in the Boulder, Colo., area filed a lawsuit that attempts to hold large energy companies liable for the alleged effects of global warming, the state’s top lawyer showed that she disagrees with their legal argument by voicing her opposition to similar lawsuits in California.

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Ice ages, the atmosphere and what Trump thinks: Climate change judge questions it all

By John O'Brien | Mar 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge has big questions regarding global warming for the private lawyers pushing lawsuits on behalf of California cities and counties – and about how President Donald Trump feels about blaming the energy industry for climate change.

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Exxon-funded analysis criticizes study that claimed company misled public about climate change

By John O'Brien | Mar 3, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Harvard professors who say their analysis proves ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change were obviously biased, a colleague says, and the company says that data shouldn't be used to help a “corrupt enterprise” of private lawyers and California officials suing the energy sector.

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First came fire, next water: Calif. city again sues Chevron, its largest employer/taxpayer

By John O'Brien | Mar 1, 2018

RICHMOND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Without Chevron, the California city of Richmond wouldn’t exist as it does today. But even though the company is sustaining Richmond's current economy, city officials say it is also destroying its future.

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Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Feb 8, 2018

OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

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Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

By John O'Brien | Jan 10, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

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