Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

L.A. Times Cites Sean Hecht and Lynn LoPucki on Coal Company’s Shield from Climate-Change Lawsuits

Professors Sean Hecht and Lynn LoPucki were quoted in a Los Angeles Times article discussing how Peabody Energy, the nation’s largest private-sector coal company, has been ruled immune from a California lawsuit blaming fossil fuel companies for sea level rise related to climate change. Peabody filed for bankruptcy in 2016, shielding them from “torts committed in the past,” said LoPucki.

“In a way, it’s fortunate for Peabody that the lawsuit was filed after bankruptcy,” commented Hecht.

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