Youth Tells High Court US Has Duty To Protect Atmosphere

Law360, New York (October 7, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT) -- Attorneys for a group of youth activists have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their unusual case claiming the federal government is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, arguing the atmosphere should be protected as a “public trust” for future generations.

In their cert petition filed Oct. 3, the activists, represented by University of California-Irvine dean Erwin Chemerinsky, say a unanimous D.C. Circuit panel was wrong to uphold a trial judge’s decision to throw out the case on the basis that the plaintiffs had...
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Case Information

Case Title

Alec L., et al v. Gina McCarthy, et al

Case Number



Appellate - DC Circuit

Nature of Suit

2893 Environmental Matters

Date Filed

June 28, 2013

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