Case Study: Kivalina V. ExxonMobil

Law360, New York (October 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT) -- In Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., No. 09-17490 (9th Cir. Sep. 21, 2012), a panel of the Ninth Circuit unanimously affirmed the dismissal of an action brought by plaintiffs who sought $400 million in damages to relocate their village from land they claimed to be eroding due to the effects of global climate change.

The “governing bodies” of an Alaska native village brought suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against select oil, coal and utility companies, asserting...
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