On June 6, Judge Greg K. Nakamura of the 3rdCircuit Court in Hilo heard arguments on several motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed last fall by Claudia Rohr. It was the second complaint... READ MORE
Smokin’ Hot Litigation
Two decades ago, Big Tobacco began to be held accountable for decades of deliberately deceiving the public about the health effects of its products. Now, as a result of massive litigation, it’s paying out billions of dollars to atone for its lies.
Turns out, the same playbook and many of the same players were employed by Big Oil – which, just like Big Tobacco, had full knowledge of the devastating impacts the burning of its product, fossil fuels, would have on the Earth’s environment.
Will it be held to account in the same way as tobacco companies have been? As those attending a conference in Honolulu last month learned, a movement is afoot to force oil companies to help defray the billions and billions of dollars it will take to deal with rising seas and other effects of a changing climate.