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Energy Policy Advocates v. Regents (UCLA Law School)

CLW has been informed that the court in Energy Policy Advocates v. Regents—a California Public Records Act lawsuit seeking the UCLA Law School, Wells Environmental Law Clinic contract for providing clinical instruction with the “climate” plaintiffs’ tort from Sher Edling—has ruled, denying EPA’s request. CLW has not yet seen the opinion, but is informed that […]

Schrödinger’s Professor

Following up on this item, Government Accountability & Oversight has filed its opposition to the University of Michigan’s motion seeking summary dismissal of GAO’s FOIA suit in GAO v. Regents. It seems that Assistant Professor of Law Rachel Rothschild’s work to develop a “Climate Change Superfund” is at the same time both very specifically a focus of her work for […]

Cunning or Clueless? Climate Recruiter Pitch: “The [plaintiffs’] lawyers only get paid when there is a successful settlement”

Fact check: False! CLW is grateful for the persistent watchdog role that Energy Policy Advocates has played obtaining public records to shed light on the climate litigation industry. Now we see an “unlisted” YouTube video recently obtained by EPA from a New Jersey municipality being recruited by the Rockefeller Family Fund vehicle called the “Center for Climate […]

Climate Litigation Finance Stunner: Documents Show Figure Paid to Finance ‘Contingency Fee’ Climate Cases Soared as Cases Mounted

After initial revelations raised tax, ethical questions, charitable foundation lists ‘contingency fee’ tort firm as both gift recipient and “highest compensated independent contractor” for nearly $5 million just in 2020 Is the total from a single pass-through now $7.6 million, or a mere $5.2 million for first four years of suits? ‘What did these politicians […]

Court Awards GAO $225,000 in Legal Fees Over Records Fight

Emails revealed Hollywood and other wealthy donors quietly financing law firm, with charitable foundation serving as pass-through for millions in “charitable grants” Financing raises disclosure, possible ethics and tax questions Late last month, the Superior Court for Los Angeles County awarded Government Accountability & Oversight $225,000 for local counsel James K.T. Hunter’s time spent litigating the California Public […]