Mediation In Climate Change Litigation
A few weeks ago an Alaskan Native village, Kivalina, filed suit in a federal court in California, seeking damages because the residents claim they are being forced to relocate due to flooding allegedly caused by climate change. Native Village of Kivalina et al v. Exxon Mobil et al, CV-08-1138, USDC, N.D.Calif. (www.pawalaw.com/assets/docs/kivalina-vs-exxon-08-1138-sba.pdf.)
Similar nuisance cases have been dismissed by the courts, including one seeking damages arising from Hurricane Katrina. E.g., Comer v. Murphy Oil USA...
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