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Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Department of State

A district court dismissed a request by environmental groups to compel the State Department to release documents detailing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as required by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. The groups sought...

United States

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the U.S. government's petition for a writ of mandamus in a lawsuit brought by a group of youths challenging the government's failure to act on climate change and asserting the right to a safe climate. The...

Sinnok v. Alaska

A state court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of Alaskan youth alleging that the state has contributed to climate change through its actions with respect to fossil fuels and carbon emissions. The group sought declaratory relief...

Aji P. v. Washington

A Washington state court dismissed a lawsuit filed by young Washingtonians alleging a right to a clean environment and stable climate. Specifically, plaintiffs argued that the state should be required to submit a greenhouse gas...

New York v. BP P.L.C.

A district court granted oil companies' motion to dismiss New York City's case seeking damages for global warming-related injuries caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from combustion of the companies' fossil fuels. The...

Oakland v. BP PLC

A district court granted oil companies' motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco alleging that the companies make and sell products that create a public nuisance—global-warming-induced sea-level...

San Juan Citizens Alliance v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court held BLM violated NEPA when it approved 13 oil and gas leases covering 19,788 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest without considering the leases' impacts on climate change. BLM decided an EIS was not warranted based...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Pruitt

A district court ordered EPA to comply with a FOIA request concerning the EPA Administrator's statement on TV that he did not believe human activity was a primary cause of climate change. Following his remarks, an environmental group...

Juliana v. United States

A district court denied the U.S. government's motion to stay discovery in a lawsuit brought by a group of youths against the U.S. government for failing to protect them from climate change. The government argued that the group is not...

Exxon Mobil Corp.

A Texas court, ruling on a petition for pre-suit discovery, held that it would have jurisdiction over a major oil corporation's potential lawsuit against several California cities that have filed suit against it relating to climate...

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