US Supreme Court rules in climate change litigation threat

06/27/2011
Paula DittrickSenior Staff WriterThe National Petrochemical & Refiners Association lauded the US Supreme Court's decision on June 20 to reject attempts to address greenhouse gas emissions through the use of common law "nuisance" lawsuits.In the case of American Electric Power Co. vs. the State of Connecticut, the nation's high court reversed a 2009 decision by a New York City federal appeals court that permitted litigation to move forward.Previously, attorneys suggested a climate change litigation threat appeared to be looming for the oil and gas industry in the wake of a 2007 Supreme Court decision allowing the regulation of greenhouse gases as air pollutants (OGJ, Nov. 2, ...
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