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Green Litigation: Coming To A Courtroom Near You?

Law360 (April 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Litigators are always on the lookout for the next big thing in products/tort litigation. Where will the next asbestos or tobacco litigation come from? The answer to that question may be “the sky.”

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, vehicles, manufacturing facilities, etc., which in turn contribute to global warming, may provide the basis for the next wave of tort and quasi-tort claims.

Recent government action, pending legislation and old-fashioned legal ingenuity could translate into a rash of new claims. The legal theories underlying those claims...
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