US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

So far, at least nine lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against China claiming authorities there did not do enough to corral the virus initially, tried to hide what was happening in the outbreak center of Wuhan and sought to conceal their actions and what they knew. Eight of the lawsuits are potential class … More US virus patients and businesses sue China over outbreak

Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected what it called the extreme positions advanced by the parties and the administration, returning the case to an appeals court for reconsideration under a new standard. But the decision was on balance a victory for environmental groups, as it allowed at least some lawsuits over groundwater discharges. “This … More Clean Water Act Covers Groundwater Discharges, Supreme Court Rules

Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

A three-judge panel in the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to dismiss the Juliana v. US lawsuit on Friday, a seminal case involving 21 young people who sued the federal government for violating their right to a safe climate. The decision is a blow to climate activists and shows the limits of … More Children’s climate change lawsuit: The 9th Circuit has dismissed Juliana v. US – Vox

California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN

California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN The massive settlement could compensate tens of thousands of victims who have had to recover and rebuild after losing homes, businesses and loved ones in the blazes. It would also mark a step forward in the beleaguered utility’s attempts to … More California utility PG&E to pay $13.5 billion to settle claims from wildfire victims – CNN

New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

“The Exxon trial represents the public debut of years of litigation by local communities across the country attempting to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for alleged damage and defrauding of investors and the public about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.” “Cities, states, individual citizens, kids—people are going to court because the president … More New Climate Change Lawsuits Plague Oil Industry During Rough Week

The new science fossil fuel companies fear

The first lawsuit over what fossil fuel companies revealed about the costs of climate change comes from the New York attorney general, who has accused Exxon Mobil of securities fraud. The suit alleges that Exxon used a different internal estimate for the cost that carbon-reduction policies would have on its business than it told investors; … More The new science fossil fuel companies fear

Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act – The New York Times

Whether PCBs are addressed often is determined by ZIP code. In California’s wealthy Santa Monica-Malibu School District, parents, including model Cindy Crawford, sued to force the district to address PCBs after tests of caulk found levels up to 11,000 times the 50 ppm threshold. The district ultimately agreed to get rid of PCBs. It has … More Toxic PCBs Linger in Schools; EPA, Lawmakers Fail to Act – The New York Times

Pacific Northwest tribes demand removal of hydroelectric dams

Tribal leaders said at a news conference along the Columbia River that the Treaty of 1855, in which 14 tribes and bands ceded 11.5 million acres to the United States, was based on the inaccurate belief that the U.S. had a right to take the land. Under the treaty, the Yakama Tribe retained the right … More Pacific Northwest tribes demand removal of hydroelectric dams

Monsanto’s Spies

Monsanto has also previously employed shadowy networks of consultants, PR firms, and front groups to spy on and influence reporters. And all of it appears to be part of a pattern at the company of using a variety of tactics to intimidate, mislead and discredit journalists and critics.__ — Read on m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d7ba20de4b03b5fc88233c4