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California Manufacturers Denounce Baseless Public Nuisance Lawsuits

One Year Anniversary of the San Francisco, Oakland Public Nuisance Lawsuits Marks A Clear Rejection

 Sept. 19, 2018 Sacramento, CA -- California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) President Dorothy Rothrock made the following statement today on the one-year anniversary of the San Francisco and Oakland climate change lawsuits:

"One year after San Francisco and Oakland filed their public nuisance lawsuits, blaming manufacturers for the impacts of climate change, the lawsuit proponents find themselves in an uphill fight given the dismissal by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup and established Supreme Court precedent. Judge Alsup ruled that this issue 'deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case.' And that solution is best addressed by the legislative and executive branches. The Supreme Court, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2011, has already ruled against these types of lawsuits."

"California's manufacturers play a leading role in the state's environmental and sustainability efforts. These public nuisance lawsuits detract from those efforts and do nothing for the environment. Rather than run to the court house with trial attorneys looking for a big payday, municipalities should work side-by-side with manufacturers to support their efforts to improve the environment."

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