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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.

Jurors in mock cosmetic talc trial find in favor of plaintiff, but damages pale in comparison to real life

By Ann Maher | Jul 20, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Mock jurors returned a verdict in favor of a fictitious plaintiff who worked at a talc mining and milling facility 50 years ago, but unlike real court judgments awarding men and women millions in economic damages and recently billions in punitive damages, this jury of nine awarded less than $1 million, all in, to the mesothelioma victim and his wife.

Bellwether trial over Monsanto's Roundup opens

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney for a 46-year-old California man diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma told a jury during opening arguments on Monday that chemical giant Monsanto has known its best-selling weed killer Roundup causes cancer for almost as long as his client has been alive, claims the company is fighting.

Chevron alleges 'criminal scheme' in $18 billion foreign arbitration award

By Danielle Pacey | Jul 10, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevron alleges they are the target of a "criminal scheme" over a deeded land controversy in Saudi Arabia. .

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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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Rhode Island sues over climate change, using similar claims the state Supreme Court has already rejected

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 3, 2018

R.I. AG Peter Kilmartin better hope Rhode Island courts import California’s concept of public nuisance law, since the last time a Rhode Island AG tried this tactic, over lead paint, the state Supreme Court rejected the claim entirely.

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A closely watched climate case is dismissed; Will the others survive?

By Dan Fisher | Jun 27, 2018

The private lawyers who engineered the latest round of municipal lawsuits over climate change hoped they’d found a path through the thicket of precedents blocking their way by suing oil companies for selling hydrocarbons instead of burning them and by citing state instead of federal law.

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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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'They're always wrong': NYC's hired guns cite overturned case as authority for climate change lawsuit

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 19, 2018

It was a surprising opening move, to say the least. Arguing for the City of New York in its climate lawsuit against five major oil companies, attorney Michael Pawa cited AEP v. Connecticut, a 2009 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as “persuasive authority” in his clients’ favor.

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NYC's climate change lawsuit faces scrutiny from judge during dismissal arguments

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 14, 2018

A clearly skeptical federal judge questioned the basic premise behind New York City’s lawsuit against five of the world’s biggest oil companies over climate change on Wednesday

Fresno County woman alleges ovarian cancer caused by use of Johnson & Johnson talc products

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

FRESNO – A Fresno County consumer alleges that she developed cancer from her use of talcum powder products.

Insurance company alleges Purpose Driven Personnel owes more than $100,000 for premiums

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Whittier employer is alleged to have refused to pay additional premiums owed to an insurance company.

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

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

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.

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