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Climate Lawyers Hope 'Public Nuisance' Strategy Reverses Years Of Failure
Forbes ^ | February 12, 2018 | by Daniel Fisher

Posted on 02/12/2018 11:31:32 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

First they tried suing the utility companies. Then they tried suing the automakers. They even tried suing oil companies on behalf of an Alaskan village in danger of being inundated by oil-fueled rising sea levels.

Each approach ended when courts said that the judiciary branch wasn’t the right place to address human-induced global warming, a problem so big it requires a coordinated international response that only legislators can implement.

Now private plaintiff lawyers and their allies in government are trying a new strategy: Suing under state-law theories of public nuisance. San Francisco and several other California cities and counties have sued five major oil companies including Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell, claiming they knowingly sell products that, when burned, emit greenhouse gases.

“The people who made this product should help pay for the consequences of its use, especially when they had superior knowledge,” said David Bookbinder, chief counsel at the Niskanen Center and consultant to private lawyers representing the cities in their lawsuits against the oil industry.

It’s the kind of argument plaintiff lawyers make when they’re suing drug companies or the manufacturers of defective products, under the theory a company is in the best position to understand the risks of its products and protect consumers against them.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fakescience; fascism; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hoax; socialism
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1 posted on 02/12/2018 11:31:32 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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Who’s that guy? Where’s Goebbels?


2 posted on 02/12/2018 11:34:39 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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3 posted on 02/12/2018 11:36:10 AM PST by butlerweave
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Global Warming-Lawyers-Public Nuisance.
Five words which go together


4 posted on 02/12/2018 11:40:10 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The defendants should stop refining and distribution of gasoline and heating oil to the plaintiffs.

Problem solved.

5.56mm


5 posted on 02/12/2018 11:42:28 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

One could make the argument that frivolous lawsuits are a public nuisance.


6 posted on 02/12/2018 11:44:11 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="http://i.imgur.com/WukZwJP.gif" width=800>)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is hilarious! Why not sue humanity for breathing out “dangerous greenhouse gases?” Unfortunately, some will take this crap seriously.


7 posted on 02/12/2018 11:44:23 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well - they are certainly public nuisances when they open their mouths - and they emit greenhouse gases while they’re at it....


8 posted on 02/12/2018 11:45:16 AM PST by trebb (I stopped picking on the mentally ill hypocrites who pose as conservatives...;-})
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9 posted on 02/12/2018 11:46:50 AM PST by Rebelbase ( Hillary, DNC, DOJ and FBI colluded with a British National to influence the 2016 Pres. election)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Apply the same “public nuisance” argument to immigration policies. What is the carbon footprint of a person moving from 3rd-World to 1st-World?


10 posted on 02/12/2018 11:46:55 AM PST by omega4412
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Mr. Alinsky, get back in your grave.
11 posted on 02/12/2018 11:47:46 AM PST by JPG (MAGA)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Who’s that guy? Where’s Goebbels?

Hint: They just called him Saul, he came from Chicago, and Hillary wrote her college thesis about him.

12 posted on 02/12/2018 11:48:06 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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Ah, thanks. What was his name? Goebbelinsky?


13 posted on 02/12/2018 11:56:42 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Suing under state-law theories of public nuisance. San Francisco and several other California cities and counties have sued five major oil companies including Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell, claiming they knowingly sell products that, when burned, emit greenhouse gases.

Did the lawyers show up to court in gasoline or electric (coal) powered vehicles?

14 posted on 02/12/2018 11:58:52 AM PST by MileHi (Liberalism is an ideology of parasites, hypocrites, grievance mongers, victims, and control freaks.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Attorneys operate under the lowest bar of ethical behavior of any of the ‘credentialed’ professions, e.g. such a hypothetical standard is virtually non-existant.


15 posted on 02/12/2018 11:59:33 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You’ve got it!


16 posted on 02/12/2018 12:03:39 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: MileHi

Yes, if they did arrive in a petroleum powered vehicle turn right around and hand them a lawsuit. After all wouldn’t a Environmental Lawyer know the risks more than anyone else.


17 posted on 02/12/2018 12:09:47 PM PST by Federal46
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Really all the idiots have to do is provide proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that their fictitious claims are in fact real.

Only problem they have in that is they can’t.


18 posted on 02/12/2018 12:15:48 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Conservatives seek the truth. Democrats seek the power to dictate what truth is.)
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Possession of carbon-based motor fuel in a motor vehicle by a member of the bar could be made a federal felony.

“Yes, we can.”


19 posted on 02/12/2018 12:17:24 PM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The #FakeScientists didn’t work so now they send in the lawyers.


20 posted on 02/12/2018 1:31:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Where is the Trump/Russia collusion memo? ... Mueller? Mueller? Anybody?)
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