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.
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.
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.
A county lawyer says the “heat dome of June 2021 is entirely different because it is irrefutably, scientifically caused by carbon pollution.”
Jeffrey B. Simon is part of a legal team taking on Big Oil over the 2021 Pacific Northwest Heat Dome disaster — and says the era of fossil fuel companies evading responsibility for their role in the climate crisis is ending.
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Multnomah county is suing 17 companies for the fatal heatwave, seeking billions to upgrade public services and infrastructure…