Waves of the future?
But first, note that we have had related posts in the past (A Case of Big Oil vs. Climate Change, A Case of Big Oil vs. Climate Change - 2).
Also, we have discussed how courts in other nations are figuring ways to proceed (Is 'Insanity' A Valid Defense To Ecocide?, Is 'Insanity' A Valid Defense To Ecocide? - 2, Is 'Insanity' A Valid Defense To Ecocide? - 3).
Now, a case in the U.S. (Michael Mann, Phd. vs The National Review, et. al.) is making its way through the District of Columbia Superior and Appellate Courts.
It is a good sign when climate scientists begin to sue the slanderous, libellous, and Luddite deniers.
Next, those who are funding them, Koch Brothers, Heartland Institute, and the like, should also be sued.
I will be watching and reporting on these cases.
Note: the D.C. court of appeals has ruled that SLAPP cases do merit an interlocutory appeal when it involves quashing a subpoena (John Doe 1 v Susan L. Burke, PDF), so, the case now on appeal (Mann v National Review) may have to go through a full appeal process on the SLAPP issues.
But, that decision may not apply in this case Dredd Blog is following, because the appellate panel also held ("We do not address the related but separate question of whether an order denying a special motion to dismiss under the Anti-SLAPP Act is immediately appealable. We note that this was an issue in a different case before this court, Mann v. Nat’l Review, Inc., et al., 13-CV-1043, but the appeal in that case was dismissed before an opinion was issued", ibid).
Join me as the case develops in the appellate court.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.