The claimants purchased shares in Exxonmobill in 2016. The complaint alleged that Exxon’s public statements at that time were materially false and misleading because they failed to disclose that internally generated reports concerning climate change recognized (a) the environmental risks caused by global warming and climate change, and (b) that due to risk associated with […]
Shareholders of Exxon sued on behalf of the company to recover moneys and assets allegedly wasted by Exxon management. The claim alleged that the Exxon management provided misleading information to investors and regulators on the degree of climate risk to the company, and were in breach of their duty as directors.
In New Zealand, a climate change spokesperson of Maori heritage is bringing a claim against big national GHG emitters to hold them liable for their contributions to climate change. While the court has dismissed the claims that were based on negligence and public nuisance, they allowed a claim to continue to trial that was based […]
In the Netherlands, a case is being brought by a coalition of NGOs and over 17,000 claimants against Royal Dutch Shell for its contributions to climate impacts in the Netherlands. They are arguing their continued contributions to climate change violate their human rights.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia, other organisations and individuals filed a petition asking the Commission to investigate the relationship between human rights, climate change and the responsibilities of Carbon Majors. The Commission held fact-finding missions and public hearings in 2018. In 2019, the Commission found that Carbon Majors could be held liable for climate change impacts. Although the […]
A case brought by the state of Rhode Island in the USA against 17 fossil fuel companies for their role in contributing climate impacts in Rhode Island. They are arguing that the defendants’ contributions to climate change have caused damage to Rhode Island residents, infrastructure and property through sea level rises and changes in weather […]
A local community group successfully challenged the licensing of a coal-fired power plant on the basis it was granted without a proper environmental impact assessment was conducted. This was in part due to a failure to consider the climate impact of the project.
Environmental organisations in Norway are challenging a licensing decision to permit oil exploration in the Barents Sea. They are challenging the decision on the basis that it violates the right to a healthy environment in Norway’s Constitution. They argue that the licensing decision could lead to the discovery, export and combustion of a large amount of […]
An organisation against fracking challenged a UK government policy that promoted fracking on grounds that the policy was made without consideration being given to the climate impact of the policy. The court agreed and ruled that the policy was unlawful on this basis.