Conn. V. AEP Could Open Litigation Floodgates

Law360, New York (January 13, 2011, 2:50 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. spotlights the potential for increased litigation pitting states, conservation groups and private citizens against large energy companies, chemical companies and manufacturing companies that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as part of their operations.

In Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co., the Second Circuit concluded that individuals and other entities have standing to pursue common-law nuisance claims against alleged greenhouse gas emitters, on the theory that their emissions contribute to global warming...
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