The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear five appeals from fossil fuel companies requesting to have their cases moved from state to federal courts. All five petitions concern whether federal common law, which is law developed over time by courts, or state law applies to lawsuits over greenhouse-gas emissions that cross state lines. Each [...]
The Biden administration Thursday filed an amicus brief in Suncor Energy Inc. v. Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County on behalf of Colorado municipalities seeking damages against oil companies for “climate-change related injuries to property and residents.” The administration urged the US Supreme Court to reject the oil companies’ request to move the case from [...]
In his epochal, controversial and highly polarizing essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is To Increase Its Profits,” published in the New York Times Magazine some 70 years ago, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman argued against the social responsibility of businesses, and explicitly declared that “the business of business is business.” The shareholder value theory of the [...]
A US federal judge ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must update its policy on the use of toxic chemical dispersants to clean up oil spills. The guidance detailed in the National Contingency Plan (NCP) has not been updated since it was published in 1994, and environmentalists have been petitioning to update the [...]
The US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal by a group of oil companies challenging a California state court ruling permitting two California cities to sue for damages related to climate change, meaning the case will be heard in state court. The cities of Oakland and San Francisco claimed that fossil fuel [...]
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) v. Prometheus Radio Project and BP P.L.C. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore. In Prometheus Radio Project, which was consolidated with National Association of Broadcasters v. Prometheus Radio Project, the court has to consider whether it was permissible for the [...]
The US Supreme Court declined to grant a stay to BP Plc and several other oil and gas companies Tuesday in a Baltimore lawsuit against the companies, solidifying a remand order issued by the US District Court for the District of Maryland. The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore sued in state court last year [...]
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: The US Supreme Court added 12 cases to its docket on Friday, including two Texas redistricting cases. The court had previously blocked two lower court rulings that...
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a lawsuit against BP, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell for their role in climate change. Extensive quantities of greenhouse gasses...
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to lift restrictions placed on offshore oil drilling. According to a statement , about 94 percent of the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was either off-limits to or...