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California Sues Carmakers Over Global Warming September 20, 2006

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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Another politiciian abuses the judicial system for the sake of a publicity stunt.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California on Wednesday sued six of the world’s largest automakers, including General Motors Corp. (NYSE:GM – news) and Toyota Motor Corp. (7203.T), over global warming, charging that greenhouse gases from their vehicles have caused billions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California was the first of its kind to seek to hold manufacturers liable for the damages caused by their vehicles’ emissions, state Attorney General Bill Lockyer said.

“(California) just passed a new law to cut global warming emissions by 25 percent and that’s a good start, and this lawsuit is a good next step,” said Dan Becker, director of the Sierra Club’s Global Warming Program.

When the case is dismissed in a few months for failure to state a cause of action, the press coverage will be negligible.   Mr. Lockyer will have succeeded at increasing his name recognition and positioning himself as a champion of the environment and opponent of big corporations.

This kind of crap drives me nuts.

Calif. sues carmakers over global warming – Yahoo! News

Comments

1. BrewFan - September 20, 2006

This tactic appears to have worked for Spitzer in NY. I guess we’ll know for sure in November.

2. pupster - September 20, 2006

Michael,
I would like to start a lawsuit against volcanoes, the sun, and the ozone layer.

Will you represent?

3. compos mentis - September 20, 2006

Lawyers actually get paid for this ridiculous kind of shite?

4. Enas Yorl - September 20, 2006

Reason # 3141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067 why people hate lawyers. Sorry Michael, but does your profession attract extreme assholes, or are reasonable people turned into them by law school? Can we as taxpayers bring a class action lawsuit against this assclown for wasting tax money by filing bogus lawsuits?
GAH!

5. Sobek - September 20, 2006

Michael said: “…abuses the judicial system…”

Michael, don’t take sides against the family.

Pupster said: ,i>”I would like to start a lawsuit against volcanoes, the sun, and the ozone layer.”

I can have a Complaint ready to go within thirty minutes of your retainer check clearing.

Compos mentis said: “Lawyers actually get paid for this ridiculous kind of shite?”

If we can find a way to get paid, we’ll do it. Capitalism: catch the fever!

Enas said: “Can we as taxpayers bring a class action lawsuit against this assclown for wasting tax money by filing bogus lawsuits?

Sure. But who do you suppose will pay the legal fees for the defense?

6. Enas Yorl - September 20, 2006

Sure. But who do you suppose will pay the legal fees for the defense?

He’s California’s AG yes? I guess his defence expenses would come from California’s state taxes. HAH!! Yes. Let’s unite all the federal taxpayers in all the other states in a class-action lawsuit against this buttmunch AND the state of California for wasting federal tax monies to deal with bogus federal lawsuits!!! California’s a rich state – VERY deep pockets there.

7. The Comish (sic) - September 20, 2006

You can sue anyone for anything. You just probably won’t be successful.

In some states (including Texas), there are laws providing that you can be punished for abuse of process for filing frivolous claims. Punishment usually includes paying the litigation costs and attorneys’ fees that the other side incurred in defending your frivolous suit.

Enas, the problem with your suit is damages. How have you been damaged by this piece o’ crap lawsuit? If you don’t live in California, presumably, none of your taxes have gone to California courts or the California AGs office. Plus, your access to justice hasn’t been deprived or delayed just because someone is gumming up California’s justice system.

8. God - September 20, 2006

Sobek – September 20, 2006
“Pupster said: ,i>”I would like to start a lawsuit against volcanoes, the sun, and the ozone layer.”

I can have a Complaint ready to go within thirty minutes of your retainer check clearing.”

I’d like to see you serve the papers, law-boy.

9. Enas Yorl - September 20, 2006

Ah, but isn’t this suit being filed in FEDERAL court? Why, yes – a U.S. District Court. So all the tax money that support that court in dealing with this stupid thing is owed to the taxpayers I figure. Plus pain & suffering. I’m suffering because of California’s & the state AG’s stupidity. I’ve got a terrible pain in my gulliver over this doc! I swear I do! Real terrible loss of my quality of life here! Multiply that by however many federal tax filers last year and we’ll rake in BILLIONS I tell ya.

10. Michael - September 20, 2006

Speaking of litigation, Elzbth, what happened after your car crash?? Did the insurance company pay for the damages? Did you wear a neck brace all the time like I told you?

11. Elzbth - September 20, 2006

Did you wear a neck brace all the time like I told you?

Sure. When can I take that off?

12. Lipstick - September 20, 2006

So what has happened since the accident Elzbth? I read the thread Michael linked. Did you get compensated for the damage?

13. Retired Geezer - September 20, 2006

Elzbth, congrats for getting linked by the Mayor.

Are you wearing those stockings and garter belt like I told you?

14. Dave in Texas - September 20, 2006

You had a wreck too?

I missed that. Hope you’re ok.

15. Sobek - September 20, 2006

God said: “I’d like to see you serve the papers, law-boy.”

It will be simple enough. After all, George W. Bush causes volcanoes, and he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. What’s so tough about that?

And if I have to bring you in as an additional Defendant, I’ll move for leave to serve by publication and default your ass when you don’t show in court.

Boy, the laughs I get out of that will make the pains of hell slightly less agonizing.

16. Elzbth - September 20, 2006

Let’s see, neck brace, garter belt, stocking, 4-inch heels, pirate hat…check. I am wearing those things.

The car crash was a few months ago, Dave in Texas. Everything turned out well (for me, anyway). Thanks for asking.

17. Elzbth - September 20, 2006

Lipstick, her insurance company had to pay. And I took the advice of the Bystanders and did not have a tape-recorded telephone conversation with her insurance company. Then, after the car was fixed, I traded it in.

18. Retired Geezer - September 20, 2006

Let’s see, neck brace, garter belt, stocking, 4-inch heels, pirate hat…check.

I gave you the garter belt and stockings but who gave you the 4-inch heels?

Dave… !

19. Dave in Texas - September 20, 2006

What? What’d I do now? *looks around nervously*

glad you’re ok Elzbth

20. The Comish (sic) - September 21, 2006

Ah, but isn’t this suit being filed in FEDERAL court? Why, yes – a U.S. District Court. So all the tax money that support that court in dealing with this stupid thing is owed to the taxpayers I figure. Plus pain & suffering.

Good point, Enas. I missed that. But if I was the government, my response would be a) you don’t get to decide what you tax dollars get spent on; b) it’s bad policy for a court in one state to decide whether a suit filed in another state is frivolous (usually, a court will pay another court the courtesy of deciding if the suits before it are frivolous); and c) in exchange for the amount of your federal taxes that were sent to this particular district court, here’s a penny … keep the change.

Also, you’ll have to check the laws in your own state, but in my state, you can only get damages for mental anguish if you’ve also got some physical symptoms (my advice: before deciding if you’ve got any physical symptoms, you might want to check for rashes or sleepless nights).

Wouldn’t this all be easier if the voters of California weren’t crazy? Then they could just vote the jerks out of office.

21. geoff - September 21, 2006

It would be informative if one of our lawyer posters would talk about Bush’s attempts at tort reform. That is, was the legislation passed in 2005 useful or significant? Is there any more legislation forthcoming? Will it be worth anything?

You know, stuff like that.

22. BrewFan - September 21, 2006

They don’t have time geoff. They’re too busy chasing ambulances.

[ducking and running!]

23. Elzbth - September 21, 2006

Elzbth, congrats for getting linked by the Mayor.
Well, RG, thanks for your congratulations, but I was surprised to hear about it, so I checked. Seems he linked another Elzbth. Who knew there was another Elzbth?

24. HayZeus - September 21, 2006

Michael did! 😉

25. Elzbth - September 21, 2006

There I go talking to myself agan.

26. HayZeus - September 21, 2006

It’s like I’m skizophrenic in here! 😀

(I’ll be here all week, people!)


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