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Topic focus: climate change and environmental litigation

We note on a relevant page of our website at the Southern California-based law offices of Caufield & James that a fundamental and unwavering goal of our environmental law attorneys is to help our diverse business clients "avoid or minimize potential environmental liability."

Increasingly, that aim is likely to be progressively linked with efforts to limit liability in cases alleging harms related to climate change.

As noted in a recent media article chronicling the efforts of many litigants to collect damages by linking adverse climate change to the actions of individual companies, a trend is emerging that spotlights real -- and potentially momentous -- risks for companies targeted as defendants in climate-related litigation.

That article points to this reality: Plaintiffs are seeking to widen the defendant pool by liberally suing both national governments and private businesses for their alleged involvement in matters involving adverse climatic impacts.

A commentator who serves as the director of an environmental law program at one American law school says that, notwithstanding a more prevalent litigation strategy of targeting governments in climate lawsuits, risks are growing larger for companies, as well.

"We're at the point where the tide of litigation on climate change is only going to grow," he says.

That raises an obvious question for potentially at-risk companies, namely this: What can they reasonably do to guard against climate-related liability as they go about their business?

The aforementioned article states that some businesses can benefit by accepting responsibility and making adjustments. It further states that some companies might benefit from "being able to distance themselves from climate denial."

And, of course, every business entity can secure advantage by understanding relevant laws and regulatory issues and by taking purposeful action that seeks to avoid liability.

A proven law firm with experience across the full spectrum of environmental law issues can provide knowledge advice and diligent representation that can centrally aid a business client as it pursues those goals.

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