Supreme court lets climate case against seven corporates go ahead

Supreme court lets climate case against seven corporates go ahead
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Greg Hurrell
The supreme court has given activist Mike Smith the go-ahead to sue seven New Zealand companies for climate change-related damage.In a unanimous ruling on Wednesday, the court refused to strike out Smith’s claims, as had been sought by respondents Fonterra, Genesis Energy, Dairy Holdings, NZ Steel, Z Energy, Channel Infrastructure and BT Mining.Smith is an elder of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Kahu and a climate change spokesperson for the Iwi Chairs Forum.In 2019, Smith made three claims under tort law, which seeks compensation for harm caused by a...

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