The Future Of Climate Suits After Justices' Baltimore Ruling

Law360 (June 10, 2021, 5:29 PM EDT) -- In the past several years, state attorneys general and municipalities have brought more than 20 lawsuits seeking to hold fossil fuel energy companies liable for billions of dollars in damages allegedly resulting from global climate change.

These lawsuits seek to recover alleged damages associated with adaptation costs — e.g., building sea walls to mitigate potential rising sea levels — and the increases in public health costs associated with higher air temperatures, flooding and air pollution. If the courts allow these types of claims to advance, significant other follow-on litigation is likely to be filed.

All but one of the pending lawsuits...

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