Suing more than a dozen industry players over a deadly heat dome in Oregon

Jeffrey B. Simon believes the blame lies with the fossil fuel industry. His firm, Simon Greenstone Panatier in Dallas, and their co-counsel are suing more than a dozen companies and industry insiders for $52 billion in damages and future costs for climate adaptation, on behalf of the Oregon county.

Federal Judge Orders Resumption of Multnomah County’s Climate Accountability Lawsuit in State Court

Multnomah County’s civil claim for damages against the fossil fuel industry is headed back to Oregon Circuit Court. The ruling is an important validation by the Federal court of the County’s position that the County’s claims should be heard in state court. The County sued oil companies for fraud, public nuisance, negligence, and trespass a… Continue reading Federal Judge Orders Resumption of Multnomah County’s Climate Accountability Lawsuit in State Court

How one Oregon county plans to make big oil pay for the 2021 heat dome

In June 2021, Multnomah County, Oregon, experienced the most extreme heat event in its history. A “heat dome” settled over the county, trapping hot air in the region for nearly a week. Over three consecutive days, temperatures in Multnomah reached highs of 108 degrees Fahrenheit, then 112 degrees, and finally 116 degrees. Temperatures in inner… Continue reading How one Oregon county plans to make big oil pay for the 2021 heat dome

Climate in the courtroom

Fossil fuel companies may soon be forced to pay out billions for their role in the climate crisis. Trial lawyer Jeffrey B Simon tells Chris Seekings about his groundbreaking lawsuit in the US.

COP28: Five reasons for optimism on climate

BBC discusses the big oil crisis and COP28 with Jeffrey B. Simon.   “Getting the defendants to reduce their emissions is not within the reach of the civil justice system in the US, but holding them accountable for the harm they’ve caused, and the misrepresentations they’ve made, which has slowed adaptation to those problems, is definitely… Continue reading COP28: Five reasons for optimism on climate

Can we sue our way out of climate change? Big Oil is hit with a massive lawsuit.

KNX In Depth’s Charles Feldman and Rob Archer talk to attorney Jeffrey B. Simon. He’s leading a massive $52 billion lawsuit against Big Oil over its alleged role in climate change. Simon is also coming out with a new book this week called Last Rights: The Fight to Save the 7th Amendment. LISTEN BELOW

Montana Climate Ruling Boosts Case for States’ Green Amendments

A state judge’s ruling this month that Montana’s energy project permitting laws violate constitutional rights to a healthy environment is a historic win that highlights how affirmative constitutional climate rights—also called green amendments—can be useful in the legal movement to stem emissions.

A Trial Attorney Is Suing Fossil Fuel Companies for $1.15 Billion

The fossil fuel industry is killing our planet. One trial attorney is suing fossil fuel companies for $1.15 billion to protect a community — and everyone.

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Jeffrey B. Simon, attorney representing Multnomah County, Oregon, in a recent lawsuit officials there filed to hold oil and gas companies liable for a heat wave last year that killed 69 people in the county. Simon is the author of the forthcoming book Last Rights, about corporate influence on the justice system.

Multnomah County is suing fossil fuel companies for $50B. Here’s the county’s argument.

A county lawyer says the “heat dome of June 2021 is entirely different because it is irrefutably, scientifically caused by carbon pollution.”