Skip to comments.Climate change lawsuits filed against some 200 US communities
Posted on 05/17/2014 8:42:41 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A major insurance company is accusing dozens of localities in Illinois of failing to prepare for severe rains and flooding in lawsuits that are the first in what could be a wave of litigation over who should be liable for the possible costs of climate change.
Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area. It is arguing that local governments should have known rising global temperatures would lead to heavier rains and did not do enough to fortify their sewers and stormwater drains.
The legal debate may center on whether an uptick in natural disasters is foreseeable or an "act of God."
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Farmers Insurance. Run by Torte lawyers. Disgusting.
Reminder. Never insure with Farmers.
It will force the governments to embrace the skeptics and say there is no man caused climate change, or that the change is not significant.
After some hesitation, I say good on you, Farmers.
So farmers Insurance has proof that the climate is warming? If so, they should have increased their rates.
SCOTUS is responsible for this, in some measure. Their ruling gave the enviroNazis legal standing.
“Farmers Insurance filed nine class actions last month against nearly 200 communities in the Chicago area”
We have a local scumbag lawyer that files near frivolous claims under the disabilities act. It is a total shakedown operation. This sounds like something he would do. Way to go Farmers. If anyone doubted you were scumbags before this should remove any doubt.
Tort reform - now more than ever.
This is absolutely ridiculous!! How can anyone “know” what the weather will be? Even the weather people get it wrong more than right. As to “know” based on climate change, I hope the judge throws this out since the basic premise “man made climate change” is a hoax. If this goes through, how many other insurance companies will refuse to pay saying the insurer “should have known” and taken appropriate precautions?
You are probably referencing their ruling that the epa may regulate CO2. Too bad there aren’t any scientist on the panel. Coming soon, regulating the amount of solar radiation you may legally absorb in a given time period. Want some extra rays? You can buy some.
Here we go, legislating science - that is what put Galileo behind bars for the later years of his life. Imagine...insisting that the earth is not flat!
I’m not a lawyer, but I think this is a smart move by the insurance company. Could be wrong. But, Farmers is looking at weather damage which normally would be considered an Act of God. “Climate change” redefines these as Acts of Man. That could change insurable risks the company has to pay and they are simply trying to find out their legal liability.
Again, I ain’t a lawyer.
Will Farmer’s now remove “Act of God” as an excuse from paying off on a claim?
Yes, Obama's gubmint told them so.
I say go for it.
That’s the one!
When reading the article I had to make sure this was not satire.
I reminds me of a joke I heard on the radio. A church group had gathered outside a bar to pray for its removal. Soon after the bar burned down. The owner of the bar sued the church. The church denied their prayers had anything to do with it. The judge says, “I don’t know who to believe, the bar owner who believes in God, or the church that doesn’t.”
That’s probably not word-for-word, but it is the best I can remember.