1st Fla. Climate Change Suit May Be Just The Beginning

By Kyle Robisch (April 20, 2021, 5:47 PM EDT) -- For most of the last decade, creative plaintiffs attorneys and their clients — states, municipalities and environmental groups — have pushed novel, untested tort theories designed to hold energy companies, and sometimes, those same state and municipal interests, liable for climate change.

Plaintiffs have concentrated their efforts in West Coast forums. But New York and Baltimore saw some action too. Florida, by and large, has avoided the fray.

No longer. In 2018, a self-described group of "young Floridians" filed the first significant climate change case in the state, suing a bevy of state officials for "unconstitutional contributions to climate change and...

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