New York City Lawsuit Against Energy Companies Met With Skepticism in Courtroom

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June 14, 2018

A federal judge appeared skeptical of New York City’s lawsuit against major energy companies during a motion to dismiss hearing yesterday, Legal Newsline reports in Forbes.

U.S. District Judge John Keenan questioned the use of the “public nuisance” legal theory, which the city is using to sue major energy companies over the effects of climate change. Specifically, Judge Keenan asked if the city invested in fossil fuel companies, and if it too could also be responsible for using cars and trucks that use the product the defendants produce. The defendants argued that intervening causes, like cities investing in these companies and using fossil fuels, makes it impossible to hold a group of companies solely responsible.