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News Posted on September 22, 2017

Professor Frank Comments for Daily Journal on Climate Change Suits

Professor of Environmental Practice Richard Frank ’74 commented for the San Francisco Daily Journal on attempts by defendants being sued in California over climate change-related damages to remove the suits to federal court, where similar cases have had little success in recent years. Plaintiffs are alleging that energy companies promoted and sold fossil fuels for decades knowing that their use would cause climate change, which in turn has caused a rise in sea levels and damage to coastal properties.

Professor Frank noted that manufacturers of lead paint made similar arguments for removal, but those arguments did not prevail.

“These three lawsuits were carefully crafted based on state law claims,” said Frank. “I think a case established on state law theories bodes well for plaintiffs.”

Frank is a leader in the field of environmental law and the founding Director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center at UC Davis School of Law.