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Landmark Shell Ruling Could Spur Wave Of New Climate Suits

Law360 (May 26, 2021, 7:58 PM EDT) -- A landmark Dutch verdict ordering Shell to significantly cut its greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years could trigger what some experts say is a coming wave of climate-related litigation with ramifications far beyond the Netherlands.

Although the Wednesday verdict in The Hague was based upon the particulars of European laws, experts say the ruling could spur even more interest in activism and litigation over climate change and ramp up pressure on international oil companies at a time when the issue is already garnering a lot of attention.

Among the most striking aspects of the verdict is its novelty: For the...

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