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The Amicus Brief in Comer v Murphy Oil

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Comer Amicus on Standing

The Amicus Brief in Comer v Murphy Oil supports plaintiffs in one of the three major civil damage cases arising from Hurricane Katrina.  The two other cases were centered on New Orleans.  Comer et al are Mississippi coastal residents who were wiped out by the storm.  They claim damages from the major carbon emitting industries of the US for their contributions to climate change which, they allege, in turn aggravated climate change and the severity of the storm.  The amicus brief, to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans, supports the plaintiff's right to bring such an action and prove their case, i.e. their "standing to sue". 


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