City of New York v. BP P.L.C. et al.

1:18-cv-00182-JFK (S.D.N.Y. May 4, 2018)

Firm: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz

Issue Area: Environment, Climate, & Fossil Fuels

Case summary

Wachtell defended ConocoPhillips in an action brought by New York City against fossil fuel companies seeking damages for climate change-related injuries.

Excerpt from the firm's work product

"[A]s Judge Easterbrook explained in rejecting the same argument made against the tobacco companies, there is “no rule of law [that] requires persons whose acts cause harm to cover all of the costs, unless these acts were legal wrongs.” Int’l Bhd. of Teamsters, Local 734 Health & Welfare Tr. Fund v. Philip Morris Inc., 196 F.3d 818, 823 (7th Cir. 1999)."

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