Climate change case against Fonterra, Genesis and major corporates kicks off

By Victoria Young | Mon, 03 Feb 2020


Lawyers for Fonterra, Genesis Energy, Dairy Holdings, NZ Steel, Z Energy, NZ Refining and BT Mining all attended the High Court at Auckland this morning to fight off a claim by climate activist Mike Smith. Smith, chair of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group, argues the corporates are liable in public nuisance, negligence or other tort known as Rylands v Fletcher. He is also taking another claim against the government on a similar basis, which is at an early stage. The seven corporates have sought to strike out the claim early, saying...