Climate Change Heats Up Courtrooms

Law360, New York (May 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Plaintiffs lawyers are hoping climate change will usher in a wave of mass-torts litigation against companies responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases. Don't hold your breath, defense lawyers say.

Perhaps the most widely covered of climate change lawsuits are the massive tort suits blaming industrial, auto and other companies for releasing greenhouse gases that have contributed to global warming.

Weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit, plaintiffs lawyers F. Gerald Maples and Timothy Porter filed a federal class action in Mississippi accusing dozens of oil, coal and...
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