Public Nuisance Controversy

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Litigants other than state officials have also invoked public nuisance in seeking redress for problems attributed to global warming. In Mississippi, gulf coast property owners filed a public nuisance suit against petrochemical companies for storm damage to their homes, which they claimed was exacerbated by global warming. 6 An Alaskan native village, represented by a prominent plaintiffs’ law firm, brought a public nuisance suit alleging that global warming is melting the ice that surrounds the village.7 Public nuisance law also played a role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s initial foray into climate change controversy. In Massachusetts v. EPA, This action seeks $400 million from 20 corporations to pay for the costs of relocating the village to

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