Dead End For Private Climate Suits Leaves Opening For Gov't

Law360, New York (October 30, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit last week dealt another powerful blow to citizens groups attempting to hold energy companies accountable for the effects of global warming, signaling that the best hope for successful climate change litigation lies with state and local government agencies that have an easier path to standing.

Reversing a ruling by a federal court in Washington state that would have forced state regulators to impose tougher restrictions on oil refineries operated by BP PLC and Shell Oil Co., among others, the appeals court said that...
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