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

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

5 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011  

James May

Widener University Delaware Law School

Date Written: June 9, 2011

Abstract

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.

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

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1866454

James May (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-0406
United States

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