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New York’s Global Warming Suit Against Oil Companies Thrown Out

New York’s Global Warming Suit Against Oil Companies Thrown Out

A U.S. judge threw out New York’s suit seeking to hold five of the world’s biggest oil companies financially responsible for causing climate change.

U.S. District Judge John Keenan in New York dismissed the city’s claims against
Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and ConocoPhillips.

“Global warming and solutions thereto must be addressed by the two other
branches of government,” not the judiciary, Keenan wrote in an opinion Thursday.

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Peter Blumberg in San Francisco at [email protected]

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Update: Reaction:

NAM Statement on Dismissal of New York City Lawsuit Targeting Manufacturers

Timmons Praises Dismissal of Third Climate Lawsuit this Month

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement responding to U.S. District Judge John Keenan’s dismissal of the climate lawsuit filed by New York targeting manufacturers:

“From the moment this baseless lawsuit was filed, manufacturers have argued that the courtroom was not the proper venue to address this global challenge,” said Timmons. “Judge Keenan made that clear in his decision today. Now that San Francisco, Oakland and New York City have had their cases dismissed, the other municipalities should withdraw their complaints to save taxpayer resources and focus on meaningful solutions.”

The NAM has led the business community’s response to the wave frivolous public nuisance lawsuits targeting manufacturers by forming the Manufacturers’ Accountability Project (MAP), headed by Executive Director Lindsey de la Torre. A project of the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), MAP has fought to set the record straight and highlight the concerted, coordinated campaign being waged by plaintiffs’ lawyers, public officials, deep-pocketed foundations and other activists who have sought to undermine and weaken manufacturers in the United States. More information can be found at