Why Climate Suits May Not Be 'Next Big Thing'

Law360, New York (January 22, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Plaintiffs’ lawyers are always on the lookout for the “next big thing” in mass tort litigation.

Not surprisingly, as the threat of global climate change has become an important and widely debated public policy issue, many have speculated that private suits to hold corporations liable for the supposed effects of global warming may be a fertile ground for civil litigation. In fact, a handful of such suits against private parties have already been filed.[1]

However, it is clear that these suits confront a number of procedural...
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