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In blow to Trump, Federal appeals court upholds Endangered Species protection for Yellowstone grizzlies

Conservation and tribal groups scored a legal victory Wednesday after a federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s bid to remove endangered species protections for Yellowstone-region grizzly bears. The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upholds a Montana district court’s decision, means grizzlies in the national park and surrounding area won’t be subjected […]

Monsanto owner Bayer reaches $10 billion settlement over Roundup cancer lawsuits

Agribusiness giant Bayer announced Wednesday that it reached a more than $10 billion deal to settle thousands of lawsuits that claimed exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams A statement from Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in 2018—and thus inherited lawsuits targeting the widely used weedkiller—said the settlement affects “75% of the current Roundup litigation […]

DC joins the ranks of lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell for funding climate denial

After Minnesota filed a climate denial suit against API, ExxonMobil, and Koch Industries, DC followed with a suit of its own against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell. Both suits are based on local consumer protection violations, which means that these aren’t cases of the industry being sued for the climate damage done by its product (a federal […]

DC Sues Fossil Fuel Giants for Decades of Spending Millions to ‘Mislead Consumers and Discredit Climate Science in Pursuit of Profits’

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine on Thursday sued fossil fuel giants BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell for “systematically and intentionally” misleading D.C. consumers about the role their products play in causing the climate crisis—following in the footsteps of other communities and states across the country, including Minnesota on Wednesday. By Jessica Corbett […]

June 26th

MN sues Koch, API, ExxonMobil for Climate Denial campaigns they’re STILL obviously running

Wednesday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a consumer protection/fraud and false advertising lawsuit against API, ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and Koch’s Minnesota subsidiary Flint Hills Resources for “deliberately undermining the science of climate change, purposefully downplaying the role that the purchase and consumption of their products played in causing climate change and the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate […]

The Sierra Club stands with immigrants -This country needs dreamers

Last week, nearly 700,000 DACA recipients were granted a major reprieve from the Supreme Court, which ruled that the reasons the Trump administration had given for terminating the program were “arbitrary and capricious.” DACA allows young people who came to this country before age 16 to get driver’s licenses, work authorizations, and college educations. Now, the […]

June 22nd

California fires: PG&E pleads guilty to felony manslaughter of 84 people, only fined $3.5 million

The CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric pled guilty on behalf of the company Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in a dramatic hearing regarding the devastating Camp Fire of 2018, but advocates for corporate accountability argued the nation’s largest utility should face more concrete consequences for the crime. Yes, the CEO needed to stand in court […]

June 18th

Judge ridicules Interior Dept. document on taking back land from Mashpee Wampanoag tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that welcomed the pilgrims in 1620 has been fighting with the federal government over the removal of the tribe’s 321 acres of communal land from trust status. "One of the worst written documents I've ever read from any government agency": A federal judge trashed the Trump administration for changing course on […]

May 28th

The environment has had a few successes in the courts (Enjoy them now – they won’t last)

It’s nice to hear that groups protecting vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic could potentially build on legal tactics employed in climate litigation, and (conversely) for those bringing climate lawsuits to learn from coronavirus litigation. By Climate Denier Roundup Last week, Dawn Reeves at InsideEPA reported that ExxonMobil’s lawyers attempted to convince the 10th Circuit Court of […]

Judge issues injunction against Trump’s salmon-killing water plan

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California has granted a preliminary injunction in the State’s lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful expansion of water export operations in the Central Valley. By Dan Bacher “We applaud the court for hitting pause on the Trump Administration’s reckless attempt to expand water export operations at […]

May 12th

Lawsuits filed against Trump’s alt-facts Clean Power Plan (Only SCOTUS could save it)

Though it wasn’t hard to see that the Trump administration’s justifications for replacing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan with its own deadly “Affordable Clean Energy” gift to the coal industry were faulty and deceptive way back in 2017, the actual wheels of the American legal system churn a bit more slowly. By Climate Denier Roundup But now, InsideEPA and Politico’s MorningEnergy report that […]

Hawaii sues big oil for climate cleanup costs

Honolulu Files Suit Against Big Oil As Industry Bizarrely Argues The Case is Already Lost Mar 11, 2020 10:55am Eastern Daylight Time by ClimateDenierRoundup, Community 213 On Monday, the city of Honolulu, Hawaii filed a lawsuit against eight major oil companies: Aloha Petroleum, BHP Group, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, and Shell. This lawsuit, like others, alleges that Big […]

Big oil in California suffers another big court loss

Environmental justice and conservation groups and local farmers won a significant victory yesterday when a California appeals court ruled that a Kern County oil and gas ordinance — written by oil industry consultants — violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). By Dan Bacher California’s Fifth District Court of Appeals found that a key county analysis failed to disclose the full […]

February 27th

Big Oil doesn’t want to talk about why they’re being sued in California

Last week, two coalitions of California cities argued before the 9th Circuit Court that their cases against the fossil fuel industry should remain in state courts, as they are suing over local issues: the costs of adapting to climate change. More specifically, these cases use the industry’s denial campaigns as evidence that companies were aware their product […]

February 13th