Case Summary Citation

Juliana v. United States, 339 F. Supp. 3d 1062 (D. Or. 2018)


In 2015, a group of adolescents between the ages of eight and nineteen filed a lawsuit against the federal government for infringing upon their civil rights to a healthy, habitable future living environment. Those Plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States alleged that the industrial-scale burning of fossil fuels was causing catastrophic and destabilizing impacts to the global climate, threatening the survival and welfare of present and future generations. Seeking to reduce the United States’ contributions to atmospheric carbon dioxide, Plaintiffs demanded injunctive and declaratory relief to halt the federal government’s policies of promoting and subsidizing fossil fuels, due to the limited timeframe for addressing the impacts of climate change. While extensive motion practice has impeded a hearing on merits of Plaintiffs’ claims, Juliana v. United States addressed threshold questions concerning constitutional and procedural claims.



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