Climate Change Litigation

The Sabin Center tracks, analyzes, and submits amicus briefs in U.S. and global climate change litigation.

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Resources

  • Climate Change Litigation Database: The Sabin Center maintains U.S. and Non-U.S. climate litigation charts (the U.S. database is maintained in collaboration with Arnold & Porter). We continue to track the growing wave of international and domestic climate change litigation. Our databases of climate change litigation now provide a resource with information and case documents for over 1000 climate change lawsuits from around the world. To subscribe to the Center's monthly update, subscribe here


Legal Briefs and Submissions

Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees in Mayor & City Council of Baltimore v. B.P. p.l.cby Michael Burger (September 2019)

Amicus brief filed by National League of Cities, the U.S Conference of Mayors; and the International Municipal of Lawyers Association in support of plaintiff-appellee and affirmance.

Local Government Amicus Brief in City of Oakland v. BP by Michael Burger (March 2019)

The Sabin Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of a local government coalition in support of Oakland and San Francisco’s demands that oil and gas companies mitigate the harm caused by rising sea levels, increasingly frequent and severe storms, and other climate impacts in their cities. The coalition members include the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Local Government Amicus Brief in California v. EPA by Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz, and related Press Release (February 2019)

The Sabin Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of a local government coalition in the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s revised determination that the GHG and fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles are too stringent and should be weakened. The brief highlights the importance of the standards to cities and counties across the country and provides a local government perspective on why EPA’s decision is unlawful. The coalition members include the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National League of Cities (NLC), and sixteen individual cities and counties that are home to more than 22 million people.

See also: Local Government Motion for Leave to Participate as Amici Curiae in California v. EPA and related Press Release (September 2018)

Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees in County of San Mateo v. Chevron Corp. by Michael Burger and Ama Francis (January 2019)

The Sabin Center, together with the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a local government coalition in the lawsuit brought by San Mateo County and other California cities and counties against fossil fuel companies seeking compensation for the costs of adaptation to sea level rise and other climate change impacts. The coalition members include the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Amicus Brief in support of appeal in New York City v. BP p.l.c. by Michael Burger and Jennifer Danis (November 2018)  

The Sabin Center, together with the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic, submitted an amicus brief on behalf of a local government coalition in New York City’s lawsuit against fossil fuel companies seeking compensation for climate change-related harms and the costs of adaptation. The coalition members include the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Local Government Motion for Leave to Participate as Amici Curiae in California v. EPA by Michael Burger, Jessica Wentz, and Dena Adler, and related Press Release (September 2018)

The Sabin Center submitted a motion on behalf of a local government coalition for leave to participate as “amici curiae” (friends of the court) in the lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to revisit the greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards established for light-duty vehicles. The coalition members include the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National League of Cities (NLC), and sixteen individual cities and counties.

All Legal Briefs and Submissions are available here


Blog Posts

All Litigation blog posts are available here