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Recent Developments in Climate Change Litigation: Oral Arguments in AEP v. Connecticut and Related Cases


James May


Widener University - School of Law

June 9, 2011

Daily Environment Report, Vol. 2011, No. 111, p. 1, June 9, 2011

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In the absence of legislative action on climate change by the federal government and many states, a number of proponents of reducing greenhouse gas emissions have turned to the courts. In the case of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments about whether common law nuisance claims may be brought against power companies for their greenhouse gas emissions. The author discusses oral arguments in the case and argues that, however the court may rule, the decision could be one of the most important in the field of environmental law because it touches on so many legal areas. In addition, the author says the court’s ruling in AEP could have significant effects on several other climate change-related cases pending in federal courts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: climate change, environmental law, nuisance, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut

JEL Classification: K32

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Date posted: June 20, 2011  

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May, James, Recent Developments in Climate Change Litigation: Oral Arguments in AEP v. Connecticut and Related Cases (June 9, 2011). Daily Environment Report, Vol. 2011, No. 111, p. 1, June 9, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1866454

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Widener University - School of Law ( email )
4601 Concord Pike
P.O. Box 7286
Wilmington, DE 19803-0474
United States
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