Court tosses Katrina-greenhouse gas case
GULFPORT — A federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal of lawsuit that alleged that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, caused sea levels to rise and added to the intensity of Hurricane Katrina.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled May 28 that it didn’t have a quorum — or majority — of judges available to hear the appeal after many of them recused themselves.
The lawsuit was filed by the landowners in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in Sept. 2005, about a month after Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. dismissed the lawsuit in 2007.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last October reinstated the lawsuit. The full 5th Circuit had agreed in February to hear the companies’ appeal from the panel decision.
In its order, the court said the landowners and the companies could petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.
The three-panel had said the landowners had shown they had suffered an injury that could be traced back to the energy and chemical companies. The landowners had sought compensatory and punitive damages against 32 companies and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The companies have argued that global warming was not attributable only to them but resulted from the emissions of greenhouse gases from millions of sources dating back to the Industrial Revolution.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Mississippi Economic Council
Mississippi Chambers of Commerce
Mississippi State Legislature
Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Economic Development Council
North Mississippi News
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Auto Accidents Lawyer
Top Posts & Pages
- Aluminum company rumored for Columbus: 'clock' is for website, not plant site
- Shale oil: market correction or longterm direction?
- Miss. surgeon sentenced in tax evasion case
- MBJ exclusive: Jackson’s new airport CEO fulfills desire to taking on the top job
- WILLOUGHBY: Mayo Flynt leads AT&T Mississippi by enjoying both work and workers
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Gary Herring building tomorrow by educating today
- Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option
- 'Blue Economy' important for Mississippi's future
- J.McLaughlin to open in Highland Village next spring