When Cities Sue: The Standing of Municipalities in Nuisance Litigation to Combat Climate Change

GREENING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND FISCAL SAVINGS, K. Hirokawa & P. Salkin, eds., American Bar Association, 2012

18 Pages Posted: 2 May 2012  

Raymond H. Brescia

Albany Law School

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

In recent years, municipalities have been aggressive in their use of nuisance actions in efforts to address a range of societal ills. By initiative lawsuits designed to combat the distribution of illegal firearms, remedy the effects of the proliferation of predatory mortgage products and address the impact of climate change, cities have been trailblazers in these areas. This chapter addresses the standing of municipalities to bring such actions, with a particular emphasis on litigation around climate change.

Keywords: climate change, standing, civil procedure

JEL Classification: K11, K13, K32

Suggested Citation

Brescia, Raymond H., When Cities Sue: The Standing of Municipalities in Nuisance Litigation to Combat Climate Change (May 1, 2012). GREENING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND FISCAL SAVINGS, K. Hirokawa & P. Salkin, eds., American Bar Association, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2049544

Raymond H. Brescia (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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