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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Oil companies again urge judge to reject Calif. global warming lawsuits

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Chevron, in a renewed motion to dismiss climate change litigation against it filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, described the case as a futile attempt to get around numerous prior court decisions preventing similar lawsuits over the sale of legal products.

Federal judge dismisses ERISA amended complaint over denial of COBRA benefits

SAN FRANCISCO – The amended complaint of two plaintiffs against their former insurance provider in California under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Chevron says climate change lawsuit `not viable' as it participates in judge's science seminar

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Five of the world’s largest oil and gas producers filed a motion to dismiss a climate change lawsuit against them by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco even as they prepared to deliver an unusual “tutorial” on climate science to the federal judge overseeing the case.

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

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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.

Appeals court rules FCC regulatory order 'does not rob' FTC authority to pursue case against AT&T

SAN FRANCISCO (Northern California Record) — A federal appeals court recently uphelp the Federal Trade Commission's regulatory authority over large Internet service providers and allowed the commission to move ahead in its case against AT&T for allegedly throttling the data speeds of millions of unlimited data plan customers.

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

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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.

Appeals court affirms anti-SLAPP motion denial in Area 51's lawsuit against Alameda

SAN FRANCISCO — A state appeals court recently affirmed a lower court's denial of an anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuits against public participation) motion in event planning company Area 51's lawsuit against the City of Alameda and others over alleged breach of contract.

'Cross examination is going to be brutal': NYU law prof says climate change litigation is a loser

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NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – California officials who made dire climate change predictions about their localities' future in litigation against energy companies, but not in bond offerings, probably know by now their litigation is doomed, a New York University law professor said during a recent interview.

New York City mayor on podcast: 'Let's help bring the death knell' to the fossil fuel industry

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NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

'Dispassionate analysis' lacking in California climate change litigation, environmental attorney says

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Government officials in California who made dire climate change predictions in lawsuits against energy companies but not to prospective bond investors didn't think hard enough before filing those cases, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental attorney said during a recent interview.

Eye care company accuses Kimberly-Clark of trademark violations

LOS ANGELES — A San Luis Obispo eye care company is suing Kimberley-Clark, alleging unauthorized used of its Soft Touch trademark.

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

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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.

Fighting 'misguided' lawsuits, Chevron shows it can play the climate change blame game too

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SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - Chevron Corp. has filed a third-party complaint against Norway’s state-owned oil company Statoil, seeking to include it in lawsuits by California cities and counties over global warming.

Lawyer: ExxonMobil made 'notable point' in petition regarding bond offerings in climate change suit

ExxonMobil, in a legal filing against named Californian municipal officials, made "a very notable point" when it flagged up the failure to mention climate change dangers in bond offerings by cities and counties, according to a leading environmental law export.