September 2020 - Climate Litigation Watch

How Donors & Media Allies Engineer Attorney General Investigations

Tomato-Tomahto, Persecute-Prosecute CLW readers are familiar with the role played by Rockefeller organizations, and the media outlets they underwrite, in expanding the climate litigation industry. Otherwise known in some quarters as “going after climate denialism–along with a bunch of state and local prosecutors nationwide.”  This role has been ably chronicled in numerous items posted at […]

What Did MN AGO Know & When Did it Know it About Ties Between “SAAG” & Green Group Pushing AG Suit Against Private Parties?

Yesterday, CLW broke the news about the conflict inherent in the recent Minnesota Attorney General’s Office litigation against the American Petroleum Institute, et al. for various purported climate-related offenses. This conflict was found on the heels of an activist’s boast, the day the suit was filed, both of involvement in bringing about the suit and […]

CT AG Joins Climate Litigation Sweepstakes: Documents Show Recruitment by Tort Bar, Neighbor Outed as Seeking “Sustainable Funding Stream”

Latest AG to Put Bloomberg-Financed Attorney to Work Chasing Energy Companies From the Hartford Courant, which hints at an important point its source in the AGO may have let slip (emphasis added): Connecticut on Monday joined a growing list of states and local governments using litigation to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for causing climate […]

New Twist in Tangled Web of Minnesota “Special Assistant AG” Relationships

Revelation raises questions re disclosure, disqualification, viability of suit A new complication has emerged for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s climate litigation against the American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil and Koch Industries — already burdened by the appearance of orchestration with outside interest groups, and hints of work-for-tips. CLW now sees information revealing a pre-existing relationship […]

NR: AG Misuse of “Public Nuisance” Getting Worse Not Better

National Review has an instructive piece on “West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey’s recent lawsuits to join other states — and the heavily Democratic mass-tort plaintiffs’ bar — to recover money from pharmaceutical manufacturers and large pharmacy chains” for “public nuisance”, grounded in the opioid crisis. Given some remarkable background CLW has learned about state […]