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The trial lawyers behind the climate litigation racket


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The intersection of trial lawyer opportunism, climate orthodoxy, and political expediency has become a busy and increasingly perilous place.
Over the summer, Richmond, Marin County, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo County, Imperial Beach, Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz County in California filed suit against ExxonMobil and other energy companies for damages to coastal property and infrastructure caused from climate change-related increases in sea levels. The legal foundation for holding individual companies responsible for a planetary climate phenomenon is far from solidified so the companies are sure to fight long and hard to avoid losing a war of financial attrition.

Even in progressive California, taxpayers generally don’t let elected officials take in a penny more than needed. These suits are feasible financially for these California cities and counties only because the plaintiffs’ firms representing them are working on contingency. They don't get paid unless they win, but if they do win, they hit the mother lode.
On its face that might sound like a reasonable arrangement, but it is actually part of a troubling trend.:snip:

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