Climate change. Global warming. If you’ve ever mentioned these topics at a family event or cocktail party you know what’s coming. Lots of disagreement and rhetoric by both sides. Did we, humankind, mess up this planet with our factories, cars and other techno-marvels? Yeah, probably. But to what degree and how it exactly happened and WHO is to blame is always up for lots of colorful discussion.
Such is the case in court this week as a federal judge has dismissed lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland that sought to hold the fossil fuel industry financially responsible for the global warming damages related to rising sea levels. Even though he called the dangers of climate change “very real” and noted that fossil fuel companies did not dispute that the burning of their products causes it, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup said the issue should be handled by Congress and by treaty, not in a federal liability lawsuit.
“The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case,” Alsup wrote in a 16-page opinion issued Monday. San Francisco and Oakland sued Chevron, Exxon, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and British Petroleum last year, claiming the companies knew the climate risks their products were creating yet engaged in widespread campaigns to downplay the dangers.
As a society, we don’t agree on much and that is why, like global warming, disputes are everywhere. And when pesky things like landlord/tenant matters, contract disputes or even collections impact you and YOUR business, call on the greenest business litigator you know, Dean Sperling to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!
More on the case:
2 City Lawsuits Against Big Oil Dismissed, But That’s Not the End of It